Why The Media Is The Best and Worst Thing For European Football

Chris RowlandsCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2008

Wa all hear at some point every week that somebody has said something about someone else. We get this information from newspapers, television, or the Internet. Without these vital forms of getting information to us, insane things could happen. Misguided beliefs would arise. Newcastle United could be wrongly pronounced as a stable club bound to get to Europe next season.

But at the same time, we get stories of how the media is responsible for England's latest loss, the 39th game, or whatever else is negatively affecting football.

Why is this so?

We all know that football has had billions of pounds pumped into it since the Premier League was formed, and has brought us three European Cups and a Portuguese player with incredibly well coordinated feet. But is this a good thing?

The media, however you picture it, has lapped up the stories with vigour. Because of hard-working reporters, I can tell you that nine Liverpool players have been robbed since Rafa Benitez took over. We would also be the first to know how much it would cost for a weekend with Mrs. Ronaldo.

Unfortunately, we have thrust footballers into the limelight, and like most twenty-somethings, they make fools of themselves. The final main advantage of the media: the gem of a quote from Phil Brown at the weekend, "It's inconclusive, there's no doubt about it." This was talking about replays of Everton's goal that only just crossed the line.

The other dark side of the media is televised Football. Despite being too young to remember a time when it happened, I miss seeing all 10 Premier League matches played at the same time: Saturday, 3 PM. Nowadays, Sky and Setanta both steal a couple of games a week, making Gillette Soccer Saturday feel rather lacklustre and, quite frankly, dull.

Apparently it is these reasons why England can't score. The influx of foreign players caused by the influx of foreign money caused by the influx of Sky and its cameras; has resulted in no English players being developed. This can't be right, I know two words that prove it wrong: Theo Walcott.

I leave you with this: would you rather have every match on a Saturday at the proper time, or an English team in the Champions League final and the ability to watch exciting 6-0 games from one of the best teams in the country, playing with their youth side against a team supposedly Championship standard?


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