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Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Harry Dowd scored » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:24 am

Once upon a time, there was a really prestigious football tournament called the European Cup, which was based on sporting excellence. It brought together outstanding teams from across the continent. To qualify teams first had to prove themselves by winning their own league, this truly was a competition for champions.

With the glory though also came the opportunity for great wealth & eventually the principal of sporting excellence was overtaken by greed. The self-appointed elite of the time "the European Royalty" decided they wanted a greater share of the spoils & they wanted it guaranteed regardless of their performance!

The grubby little cartel (later known as the G14) threatened to break away & form their own Super League, unless everyone else agreed to their demands! Feeling they had little choice, UEFA caved in & the"Champions" League was born.

At the heart of this self-serving little cartel were 3 English clubs (Man United, Liverpool & Arsenal) & coincidentally the format of the new competition granted 3 places to English teams. It also changed from a straight knockout format to an initial group stage. So now not only could they still qualify by only finishing 2nd or 3rd in the Premier League, they were also guaranteed at least 6 lucrative fixtures each season.

BOOM! The money started rolling in & the big 3 got fatter, as they disappeared over the horizon, leaving the rest of the league with little chance of ever challenging their increasing financial dominance!

Then out of the blue, a wealthy Russian Oligarch, Roman Abramovich, rolled into town to bankroll Chelsea & gatecrash the party! With the gravy train now under threat, the greedy little threesome convinced UEFA to increase the English allocation to 4 places! Phew disaster averted, onwards & upwards, no harm done...

That was until the "evil" Sheikh Mansour bought Manchester City with his unlimited "dirty oil money!"!

Now with UEFA unable or unwilling to accommodate this latest unwelcome guest at the top table, a new strategy was required to preserve the dominance of the established elite. Without further a do, the "Financial Fair Play" was conceived!

This had little to do with "fair play", turning a blind eye to debt ridden clubs & owners that systematically drained money out of the game! It was solely designed to stop wealthy owners investing in clubs & making them competitive; thus ensuring the lazy established elite remained unchallenged.

Undeterred by the bogus nature of these new constraints targeted at them & any future investors, Manchester City embarked on transforming the club, with initial investment to break the cartel & putting top quality people in place, off the field as well as on it.

In addition to breaking all records on the pitch, the club has now achieved commercial sustainability & delivered 4 years of profit. The club is now independently valued at over £2B (reportedly outstripping all the Premier League old-guard). This has shown a huge return on Sheikh Mansour's £1.2B investment & dispelling the lie of "financial doping".

So what do the owners of the established "European Royalty" do now? Up their game? Risk their own money to meet the challenge? No! They utilise their stooges in the media to try & discredit City's achievements & demand UEFA do "something" to derail Citys' progress!

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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby sheblue » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:13 pm

Nice post, pretty much sums it up.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby City64 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:18 pm

Take a fucking bow , superb post !
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Bournemouthcityfan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:08 am

Excellent post I will share it wherever I can this deserves wide distribution.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby PeterParker » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:50 pm

I am still amazed how was possible for all english clubs to get the European ban because of the criminals and not only them.

One of the worst/weirdest decisions I've seen.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby salford city » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:43 pm

PeterParker wrote:I am still amazed how was possible for all english clubs to get the European ban because of the criminals and not only them.

One of the worst/weirdest decisions I've seen.


It's came around the same time that English fans were causing problems away following the national team so the authorities were looking for anything to get some revenge so we all had to suffer. I'd be mighty fucked off it happended now but back then, it made no difference to blues
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby PeterParker » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:45 pm

salford city wrote:
PeterParker wrote:I am still amazed how was possible for all english clubs to get the European ban because of the criminals and not only them.

One of the worst/weirdest decisions I've seen.


It's came around the same time that English fans were causing problems away following the national team so the authorities were looking for anything to get some revenge so we all had to suffer. I'd be mighty fucked off it happended now but back then, it made no difference to blues


I don't think something of that magnitude can happen in these days. Of course, it helped a bit Steaua winning the European Cup the next year, but to be fair, I would had made no difference. That teams was unstoppable at that time.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby salford city » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:14 pm

What made it all the more ironic was that at the time, Everton were an awesome team and could have definitely had a shot at the European Cup - but for their neighbours
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Bear60 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:18 pm

Excellent post
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Dimples » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:56 pm

great post
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Postby Mase » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:18 am

Fantastic post
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:47 pm

At the risk of being a pedant. Arsenal weren't an original member of G14. They became that when it was expanded to 18 clubs. Chelsea never made the club surprisingly.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Justified logic » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:11 pm

Who were the G14 then?
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:18 pm

Filth
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Milan
Inter
Madrid
Barca
Munich
Ajax
Marseilles.
Benfica
Juve
Dortmund (I think)
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:18 pm

Let me have a think
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:21 pm

Had to look it up as I wasn't sure.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:22 pm

The four additional members were Arse, Lyon, Leverkusen and Valencia.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby PeterParker » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:46 pm

Piccsnumberoneblue wrote:Filth
Bin Dippers
Milan
Inter
Madrid
Barca
Munich
Ajax
Marseilles.
Benfica
Juve
Dortmund (I think)


Never understood that. Why not Porto? Steaua? Red Star Belgrade? Celtic? Villa, Forest? The first four had huge reputation at the moment all of this started.
I recall that whole concept was to get the big teams that dominated Europe and form some type of coalition.

It shows how rotten it was from the first moment.
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby zuricity » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:49 pm

Piccsnumberoneblue wrote:At the risk of being a pedant. Arsenal weren't an original member of G14. They became that when it was expanded to 18 clubs. Chelsea never made the club surprisingly.


At the risk ? at the risk ?
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Re: Onc upon a time in Europe

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:30 pm

PeterParker wrote:
Piccsnumberoneblue wrote:Filth
Bin Dippers
Milan
Inter
Madrid
Barca
Munich
Ajax
Marseilles.
Benfica
Juve
Dortmund (I think)


Never understood that. Why not Porto? Steaua? Red Star Belgrade? Celtic? Villa, Forest? The first four had huge reputation at the moment all of this started.
I recall that whole concept was to get the big teams that dominated Europe and form some type of coalition.

It shows how rotten it was from the first moment.


Exactly. It was just a snapshot in time. Leverkusen, Lyon, Valencia holding such influence on the game? All in the hope they could protect their elevated status.
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