It's all very well getting giggly and excited about the World Cup, but what of the social cost to Brazil? Do FIFA have a responsibility to ensure accord and sustainability..?
The stark realisation for Manchester United fans is that their Everton counterparts seem much happier without David Moyes. Even more so after their 1-0 win...
This summer the Daily Star had a very clear policy: One or preferably several of Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Ronaldo or Luis Suarez featured on their back page every single day. Quite often the story was unapologetic nonsense ('Rooney playing golf somewhere near Chelsea but not actually that near' is the exclusive that springs to mind) but they had obviously calculated that big names sell awful newspapers. Big Brother on the front, big names on the back. Job done.
Should Football365 be under equal amounts of pressure to deliver sales/hits, we would not be crowbarring Ronaldo onto the homepage every day - though Suarez is a different, intriguing kettle of fish - but rather Emmanuel Adebayor, Nicklas Bendtner or Bebe. Whatever the story, those names are guaranteed to deliver page hits. Once again on Monday, innocuous quotes from Adebayor (he's happy, which is nice) generated thousands of page hits while the stories dominating the newspapers and Sky Sports News - Kyle Walker's legal high shame, Frank Lampard's milestone of 100 largely forgettable England games - were mostly ignored. Never mind the story, simply reminding readers of the continued existence of Adebayor is enough to pique your interest.
Apparently Adebayor is fascinating. As is Bendtner. As is Bebe. And as are, to lesser extents, Marouane Chamakh, Anderson, Abou Diaby, Stewart Downing and David Bentley. The criteria seems to be a) earning a lot of money and b) doing very little for that money. If you can add c) an inflated opinion of yourself, then you have really struck internet gold. Imagine the hit machine that was our Top Ten Premier League Wage Drains featuring many of the above. It broke records.
But why? You're all here because of football and yet the real fascination lies with those playing the least football or the worst football. Worst transfers lord it over best transfers. A stat about scoring no goals in 147 games is more interesting than one about scoring a goal every 1.47 games. Got a story about players earning £1m a minute? It's inhaled like hippy crack. There's an argument for saying that we've moulded you in our own cynical image, but we really don't have that sort of collective ego. We know it's a British thing. We're not sure any other country in the world loves football but hates footballers like the British.
While brand experts talk about a new generation of football fans in emerging markets who follow players rather than clubs - Ronaldo's switch from Manchester United and Real Madrid was at least part-funded by that phenomenon - it remains anathema to British fans, who reserve the right to love their club unconditionally while showing disdain to some of their club's players. But the real disdain is reserved for the players of rival clubs who earn lots of money for very little. It's apparently some people's favourite thing about football.
We know this peculiar schadenfreude is not just confined to football; we know that as a nation we revel in the failures of pop stars and royalty. But we're pretty sure that football is alone in being obsessively loved by the same people who openly celebrate the failures of its chief protagonists. The Daily Star should have saved their Bale obsession for when he flops; we only want a British transfer world-record holder if he ends up costing Madrid at least £5m a goal.
And yes, we have rather cynically lured you in with a picture of Adebayor. We have kids to feed*.
* We don't.
I clicked because it was an article about adebayor and i dont know why.- tonyv25