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Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

England was in Sweden’s capital city of Stocklolm during the week preparing for their friendly match at the Friends Arena.

The likes of Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling, Everton stalwart, Leon Osman, Arsenal youngster, Carl Jenkinson and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Steven Caulker have been selected, as well as Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who is the first player to picked for the full England squad at Championship level since Jay Bothroyd was picked in 2010.

Zaha’s selection has already sparked controversy, as former Chelsea hitman, Didier Drogba has openly said that Zaha should not play for England and play for the Ivory Coast.

However, Zaha recently said that there weren’t many players better than him. Zaha had quickly denied this and took to Twitter to say “Just to clear things up, when I say I don’t see anyone better than me i just say that to boost my confidence when I get on the field”. “I know there’s players out there better than me so please don’t take my words the wrong way”.

Former Crystal Palace player and fan, Mark Bright, who is now a BBC pundit, also took to twitter and said that “he is the most talked about and most talented player outside the PL in English football !!! “.

England’s last meeting against the Swedes came in the group stage at Euro 2012 in Ukraine when the Three Lions took the lead through a superb Andy Carroll header.

In a blink of a eye, Roy Hodgson’s men were 2-1 down when former Aston Villa legend, Olof Mellberg, scored a surprising brace.

However, a looping effort from Theo Walcott, and a sublime backheel finish from Danny Welbeck enabled England to beat Sweden for the very first time in a competitive match.

Four months on, and Hodgson has selected some younger and uncapped players to fully prepare themselves for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

What does community mean in Football today?

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

In this document, I will thoroughly describe and evaluate several fundamental aspects on the importance of the community of Football today. The importance of the crowd as an individual, the expression of a football club as a community, the idea of the corporate fan, supporting your club as the urban working class, and the importance of the well renowned, Sky Television, are just some of the pivotal areas that need to be explained in great detail. Nevertheless, the most important question is, what role to each of these factors have for helping the community from the perspective of football?

Firstly, the importance of a fan from an individual perspective is fundamental for the club they support. The average football fan is critical for any football club because on a consistent weekly basis, they pay a staggering amount of money over the course of the year to watch their team through thick and thin. However, another query to this argument is do clubs appreciate their fans enough? From the 1980’s people were willing to pay over the odds to watch their much favoured team, and most importantly, enjoy their experience. However, in this present time, to go to an ordinary game, about £150 is spent to watch a 90 minute game. The most worrying factor is though; this staggering figure is not dwindling, and will keep rising for many years. Nevertheless, you cannot comprehend how much passion and commitment is shown by the fans in order for their team to strive forward.

Secondly, to give supporters the sense of reward, football clubs tend to involve themselves in community projects to help raise awareness. However, is a football club an expression of a community? Charity events, help with grassroots, and local visits to local institutions are just some of the activities both players and members of club staff get involved with. This is so the club can give something back to the urban working class who follow the club. But to say that a football club is an expression of a community is something that needs to be questioned. I agree, players and staff of every club across the football league and premier league all contribute to community work, but not on a regular basis, and I feel that prioritising can be improved for each club. Football is more of a business than a sport, and this is where the community is out of its depth and cannot compete with the wealth of football.

Thirdly, community is vital in the footballing world, however, no one seems to acknowledge that stadiums and arenas play a huge factor, which begs the question, were all seater stadiums bound to become cooperate?. During, what is called, ‘the Thatcher years’, the Luton Riot, the Heisel tragedy, and most notable, Hillsborough, all tragically happened in the 1980’s, which the rise of football hooliganism. During this period, terraces were the main attraction for fans to stand out and create a euphoria of noise on their home turf. Unfortunately, this caused major unrest between rival fans, and some matches spiralled out of control. This is where clubs saw a gap in the market, and create a so called business class experience by creating the cooperate box for the upper class customer. This was also the opportunity to eliminate most of the football hooligans from grounds, as it will be impossible for them to afford a box seat. After witnessing such horrific scenes, I think it was inevitable that terraces would be banished from stadiums and more money would be charged.

As a result of the business class customer to football matches, I think that the urban working class were trying to be deliberately excluded from football matches. This might not be because of the vile behaviour from some supporters, but the business and upper class was becoming a much more profitable market. It is remarkable how the game has changed, from the late 1800’s-even late 1900’s, you were considered scum if you followed football, especially during Margaret Thatcher’s reign. In this present day, the business class customer is looking far more attractive, and it’s almost as though the urban working class is being demolished. With this in mind, this is not the perfect solution on the community in football today.

Finally, as the urban class were gradually being forgotten, Sky Television exploited a great opportunity in bringing community back into football, and making it a more profitable market. In 1992, the formation of the Premier League was introduced, and Sky, who were only a small satellite broadcasting company at the time, introduced live matches to the nation. Football pundits, commentators, and television presenters became a worldwide phenomenon, and while winning back the footballing passion of the working class, also made football the most profitable sport in the world.

Overall, through the crowd as an individual perspective, football clubs on their involvement in the community, seated stadiums to cater for everyone, the working class football fan, and the emergence of Sky television, I feel that in this day and age, the community in football is still with us today, but I also feel that improvements and prioritising could be implemented into the football community.