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It seems that the stereotype that Englishmen have created arrogance in this world is not based without foundation, but is a fact. English football fans find their league the best, criticizing other leagues, English fans are demanding that their national team is turned into the best in the world, when their team isn't exactly Brazil.
The English Premier League, the most hyped league in the world, continues to dominate the press. Why is it that on the day that the Italian Super Cup was played, no one mentioned the match? Because everyone was busy debating who the best EPL relegation zone contenders are: Hull City or Stoke?
Now that's arrogance.
About a week ago, a reporter claimed that Steve McClaren was better than Fabio Capello. Now that's plain stupid. How does a sports fan and journalist see that a former Middlesbrough coach who failed to lead England to the Euros is better than a manager who has won countless trophies in an illustrious managerial career. I'll tell you how, it is because McClaren is "a fellow Englishman".
Now that's arrogance.
English reporters seem to criticize Capello for having a lot of cash to spend at the clubs he takes charge of. Excuse me, but your great "Fergie" has spent hundreds of millions at Manchester United while Chelsea's "special" Mourinho has rarely been mentioned since leaving for Serie A. Why? Because a manager seems to lose his "uniqueness" once he leaves England.
That is arrogance.
English arrogance stretches even more than that. Everyone seems to criticize Serie A for being ultra-defensive. Apparently those geniuses never watch football. Serie A is in fact, one of the most entertaining leagues in the world. Milan, Inter, Roma, Juventus, and Lazio play very entertaining football. Why?
It is quite simple. The Italian defenders are no longer the best in the world. While the top EPL teams have excellent defenders and are playing catenaccio game. But English reporters don't seem to notice that English teams play in a defensive system.
That again, is arrogance.
England fans should lighten up a bit and watch quality football. English football fans should watch La Liga and Calcio, two leagues where foreigners are not more than national players. EPL is one of the best leagues in the world, but there is no need to create controversy and futile debates.
PS: The writer does not mean to offend anyone. This is just a debatable issue in the football world and a topic that the author has written for the sake of creating respectable and healthy debate and no more.
I apologize for any insults felt by any reader.