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The 6+5 rule does
seem to be very appealing since it was announced by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
However different or unique it sounds, implementing the rule would create a
major change in the football world. The rule established by the current FIFA
president is a step towards improving the standard of homegrown footballers in
nations like England,
which has a large influx of foreign players.
Premier league is considered to the most exciting in the world but the football
played by the national team is not of the same standards as that of the likes
united or Chelsea etc. This can be well documented in the recently ongoing euro
2008 championships, in which the English are absent. Many other clubs in
different leagues will also come under the knife of the 6+5 rule, such as Real
Madrid, Ajax, Inter
Milan, AC Milan etc. The difference between the other European leagues like
Dutch league, Spanish La Liga or the Serie A and the EPL is that the others have
the problem of foreign players but the lesser sides in the upper division and
the teams in the lower divisions have many home grown players which in someway
balances the effect. In case of the teams in the Premier League and in the
Championship, most of the teams have more foreign players rather than home
If we take a look
at the transfer speculation for the various big clubs, one can notice that
everyone is gunning for foreign talent. Not only that, players who are at the tender
age of 15 or 16 are also being bought from other countries. These clubs need to
take the example of Uefa Cup Champions Zenit St Petersburg. Their team does not
have any big name foreign players but is filled with home grown, talented players,
and this has in turn helped the national side, as can be seen in the recently
concluded Euro Championships.
might have a slight negative effect on the standard of some of the big leagues
but the standard of international football would definitely go up a few notches.
Also, the rule will also give many players greater opportunities to play for
their national side. So, according to me the rule should be implemented for the
good of the game we call football.
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