What has Scottish football ever done for us?

Are the best days of Scottish football already over?

Last weekend the Scottish Premier League season finally got underway following a tumultuous summer north of the border. Today, the resuscitated remains of Glasgow Rangers FC will travel to Peterhead, beginning a new life in Third Division football.

Their enforced absence from the SPL gives clubs outside the Old Firm a chance to compete for glory, for the next three years at least. However, any such successes will, for many, come with the mental footnote that Glasgow’s duopoly has been shattered through developments off the pitch rather than on it. Some even believe that the triple relegation of the Light Blues could well spell the beginning of the end for professional football in Scotland. Ibrox managerial legend Walter Smith proclaimed, without bias of course, that Scottish football would soon slip to level of the The League of Ireland without the presence of Rangers in the top-flight.

South of the border, the macabre sniggers of derision from England’s more pompous footballing quarters are difficult to hide. “Look at the dull, primitive and attritional football; their laughable two-horse competition” they snark, and not without reason. Scotland is staring down the barrel of reduced TV money following the justifiable punishment of Rangers, such is the dysfunctional state of the game in the north. Had their transgressions not been penalised, Scottish football would have instead faced a crisis of integrity, with clubs seemingly free to live beyond their means through tax evasion and unsustainable debt, without legal reprisal.

Read the full piece over at The False Nine.

24 Is Greater Than 16

As excitement builds over the summers upcoming 3-games-a-day euro football smorgasbord, the ‘en vogue’ comment seems to be that this will be the last great European Football Championship. According to many of the great and good amongst the football media the expansion from 16 to 24 teams will lead to a host of minnows and one sided matches cluttering up the tournaments early stages. This line of thought in my, and thus by extension Some Goals’ opinion is completely wrong, and here is why. Continue reading

Panic in Halls of FIFA – 5 points on how to shake up the internatonal scene

International football is not what it used to be. Whilst Spain and Uruguay currently hold the three major titles of world football, having done so with admirable style and panache, all is not well further down the food chain.

Forlan celebrates ultimate victory in the Copa America, but does international still have the edge on club football?

For the most part, the 2010 World Cup was an uninspiring slog of attrition. In comparison to modern club scene, international football just can’t seem to keep up. In terms of prestige and quality, continental and national leagues are now the dominent competitions in world football to the point that even the World Cup is in danger of losing its untouchable glamour to the Champions League. Continue reading