The Champions League and European Football’s Evolvement

The question as to whether the early stages of the Champions League are unnecessary is an interesting one, particularly as the outcomes of them are generally easy to predict, with the big clubs moving on to the knock out stages and the smaller ones returning, more often than not back to obscurity. However, as true as that is, what is the alternative? The preliminary and to a greater extent the group stages at least offer the smaller clubs an opportunity to express themselves at a higher level as well as offering them much needed revenue. It also offers the football fan a great opportunity to look at the wide range of football that is played in Europe, it offers the opportunity to check out current and future stars of the game plus it also offers the opportunity for clubs to test their fringe and future players in a different style of football.

It should not be forgotten either that very often, games such Inter Milan v Spurs are thrown up, which for many football fans produced the best football seen at any level this season and also spotlighted the outstanding potential of Welshman, Gareth Bale, who has already become one of the most sought after players in world football.

It is true that now and again some matches are a waste, Manchester United v Bursaspor being a recent prime example. Clearly the Turkish side were outclassed and will be consigned to a more distant level of football after the group stages conclude. However, try telling that to their board of directors, their players and their fans that and they would probably start a turf war, as they, like United, earned the right to play the group stages and fully deserved their chance. Bursaspor will, like many other less known teams, be a stronger club for the experience.

It should also be remembered that the like any sport, football is still evolving and the Champions League could easily be the ‘blueprint’ for a much wider form of the game. The idea behind a future European League has long since been on the drawing boards of UEFA and the chances of it being fully sanctioned are quite profound.

How it would work at this stage is hard to know, but it would not necessarily mane the end of domestic football at all. The Premier leagues of all European countries would all continue as normal, with the Champions League being their reward for success. Football fans should be well aware that the Champions League and the Europa League have evolved from the European and UEFA Cups, but both, with the exception of the group stages are still knock-out competitions. The name changes have been made quite possibly for psychologically reasons as much as anything, aimed at preparing all those connected with football, including the football fan for the future format.

At Football – Soccer Matches In The Top European Football Leagues -Should There Be Four Linesmen

I have watched football all my life and would probably say I have an unhealthy obsession with the game and like all fans I have my own ideas of how to improve it. My main bugbear though is the linesman/referees assistant.

In the top flight in countries like England, Italy and Spain where money is available for it why do we only have two linesmen? Surely it makes sense to have four? Then they can make better judgements on calls on whether the ball crossed the line or not. Also it should increase the likelihood of an attacker getting the benefit of the doubt in offside calls if players are only given offside when both linesmen raise their flags.

But the main reason I have for pushing for four linesmen is because a referee needs their help. The four linesman could then pick up on shirt pulling, elbows and other goings on that goes on out of view of the referee.

What annoys me the most is the blatant body checks and shirt pulls that go on out of view of the referee to stop a player making a run in behind a defender. I do get sick of the media telling me that seeing players sent off spoils the game when to my mind what spoils the game are the cynical so-called ‘clever’ fouls that stop an attacker in full flow for very little punishment.

Plus I believe that if players got harsher punishment for those sort of fouls they would be a lot less likely to commit them in the first place. I do not believe they would lead to more bookings and red cards overall, just a lowering of cynical fouls.

After all they said the outlawing of the tackle from behind would lead to most games ending with at least one player being sent off but as we have seen all that has happened is that the players have altered their game to compensate for the rule changes.

The other thing, is that a linesman will then always be on the right side of the pitch – unlike now where players can get away with taking corners out of the quadrant etc because the linesman is on the other side of the pitch.

Apart from little modifications like this though I personally feel football has no need to change. Certainly I would hate to see the referee losing the power he currently has as while it might reduce the potential for corruption it would also lose the talking points that the ref provides by making human errors.

Lets face it we all want to talk about the referee not giving or giving a crucial penalty, missing a foul etc which gives us an easy excuse for our team losing rather than admitting it wasn’t good enough to beat the opposition.

After all who does not believe that their team is the greatest team there is? We all know that at every level, the fans chant that their team is the greatest the world has seen even though we know it isn’t true, we still believe it.

Having said that it would be an improvement if the match officials, a representative of the two clubs that have just played, and an independent official all sat down after a match and went through the match video checking their decisions. The club officials could then query decisions that the clubs disagreed with and retrospective punishments or reprieves could be handed out by the match referee.

Learn How to Win Money by Betting on Football

Even experts in the sports betting field would agree that betting on European football is a great way to win money. By taking the different game aspects, like the team and player characteristics for example, into consideration, betters are able to get clear predictions of how the games will end. There is much more to winning than going by gut feel. By using clear mathematical computations, the chances of choosing the team that will win is geared to have a high level of guaranty.

Most betters who try their hands in betting on European football places much importance to the statistics of the teams’ past performances. Obviously, those who have won the most number of games in the past seasons are bound to repeat their winning streaks. However, different factors have to be taken into consideration as well, because are surely changes in the teams’ components. If you are serious about making big money by betting on this field, you better be ready to do an astounding amount of research and background check. This is, after all, the only way that you will be able to gauge a certain team’s merits. Don’t worry because all these efforts are bound to pay off by the end of the season.

Obviously, the biggest chunk of those who bet on European football Live come from Europe. Fortunately, the betting scheme has been modified to accommodate betters from all over the world. Football betting sites have come to be recognized in almost every country, thereby presenting people with the opportunity to make money out of this football betting. All you would have to do in order to be able to place your bets on any team is to open a betting account online. You will also be able to find blogs and sites that summarize team statistics, which you can use to choose which teams to place your bets on.

Even beginners will be able to make money out of industry, because European football uses a betting scheme that is easily adaptable to anyone. Betting is usually done on a sports bookmarker’s website, where you will also be able to access picks that the site administrators have prepared. If you do not find anything that you like on the bookmarker’s roster, you can design and request the pick that you like. European Football Live also gives users the opportunity to contact technical and informational support via live chat, thereby giving them the help that they need in order to choose the best teams.

If you are a football enthusiast, then you should definitely gibe betting on European football a try. Given that you already have the basics of football down to pat, you would only have to put up a betting account in order to jumpstart your betting career. Knowing a lot about the sport places you in an advantage, compared to those who see it as a mere business. Bet on European football, and enjoy your hobby while making a big amount of money.