domenica 21 agosto 2011
One for the money two for the show
"I have a three-year plan and, all going well, possibly a year bonus in international football," defender Lucas Neill told the Sun-Herald. For a Harry Kewell's move to the Melbourne Victory in the A-League, there are others Socceroos that left for UAE new haven. Former Blackburn Rovers and West Ham defender Luca Neill joined Jazira while midfielder Mark Bresciano completed a move from Lazio to Al Nasr some weeks ago. When Australia joined Asian football ranks in 2006, was obviously to see players drawing interest from the bigger Asian leagues, as K-Keague and J-League. Maybe less was ready to see Australian talent heading for UAE. it's clear, money played a huge role. But what other? Don't talk about how weak is UAE football: as Mark Tuckerman pointed out, if Gulf football is so bad why FFA appointed Jan Versleijen, a former Al-Jazira manager, to coach Young Socceroos? Fans are disappointed these players aren't coming back to Australia to play in the A-League but domestic teams simply can't compete with this amount of money. Don't help that former Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer told that A-League is "a step down" from European leagues. We are talking right now of old players: Bresciano is 31-years old while Neill is 34.But what if UAE will start to attract highest and younger profile players?