God dam, I hope they dont do this, I really hope not. The reason the NFL did it is because their 'clubs' are nothing more than franchises with little history compared to Premier LEague clubs. This would be really selling out and proving all football is about is money. Teams can go on tours in the summer and play friendlys to gain exposure to 'the world', a 39th game of the season is just unneccessary and totally ridiculous. There's no sign of La Liga or Serie A doing this that I'm aware of so I don't see why the idiots running our game should consider it either.
I can see certain advantages for this but a good point has been brought up - and the one thing that should stop it from happening the fact that...a team like...say Sunderland could be fighting to stay in the prem....and in this international game they get selected to play Man Utd, where as another team down there get someone like, i don't know...Birmingham?....
I realise Sccuddamore has said that the games will be played in January so "teams should have enough chance to change what has happened" but still, it's ridiculous....a team could go down by a point...because they were unlucky enough to be drawn against a big team like Manure, **** or Boro....
And i don't even think games involving the likes of boro/derby/sunderland/birmingham/blackburn/wigan etc will sell out a stadium abroad (they barely manage it here - apart from maybe the mackems).
Anyway, there is 3 years for the idea to be thrown out the window before it actually happens.
I really don't think FIFA will allow this plan to actually happen regardless. Platini is having his usual moan about it and mocking English football but he does that on a regular basis anyway and he is convinced Blatter isn't for the idea so hopefully there is no need to worry about this succeeding. I haven't heard from one football fan who is backing the idea completely either.
At least they have the sense to allow seven substitues now. :bigeyes: