Everybody knows Barca's No.10
Soccer Club World Cup 2015 in Japan was over. The title went to F.C.Barcelona.
I'm not a sports commentator. But even for me their well trained quick
pass or accurate ball control was outstanding. With the combination of
the team member who's well known each other the football was quite stable
without any careless mistake. On the 4th place, Guangzhou Evergrande of
China was also good team as Asia Champion. They got Italy national team
ex-head coach, Brazil national team players as well as China national team
members. Without any doubt they were the No1 Asian football club. In Asia
Champions league, all of the J-league participants has been defeated by
the Guangzhou. However, Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Host country participant)
beat the great wall of Asia in the CWC must be good news for J league.
But even level of Asian foot ball is improving, clear gap of technique
still exists between the Asian club and the South American's, River Plate
of Argentine for example. More for European Champion Barcelona. The world
is such big.
Meanwhile, our Urawa Reds was defeated in ACL first round far back in April.
Then they also lost in J-league Champion Ship tournament (play off) last
month, finished the league without the title. Yeah, I know Urawa is always
like that, cannot win in a big game.
Anyway I went to the stadium. Even though it's an important game, stand
was not full. I heard the reason that the supporters who protested to the
J-league's new 2 stage and play off regulation boycotted buying the ticket.
Enthusiastic supporters. Well, whatever you want, if you want to come to
support the club, just come by. If you want to boycott, just do it. This
is a free country. No needs to blame each other.
Oh boy! But Urawa was defeated by Gamba Osaka and result in the 3rd place instead of the 2nd place with the total winning point.
So after all I disagree with the 2 stage and play off regulation of J-league.
The matches and participants are not scheduled until a couple of days before
the games. The club's performance thru whole year is not squarely valued.
Those are the reason.
On the other hand, J-league announced that this season's number of spectators
slightly increased. The 1st stage, the 2nd and play off, making several
climaxes helped increasing the profit, they analyzed. But I don't think
it's an adequate stimulation for calling back the fan to J-league. The
committee easily say "Please come to a stadium" Although does
new fans easily come to a stadium? It costs at least 100USD for parents
and two kids just for tickets. So how's watching on TV? Unfortunately not
so many games on the air. You must pay for watching most of the games.
J-league made annual contracts with certain pay TV. Does new fans try to
watch the game as making a contract with pay TV? After all J-league aim
at just quick profitable events, like eye catch regulation and some millions
dollars licence fee with pay TV. It's not based on long-term plan at all.
The point is the games should be touched by the potential funs more easily.
As long as J-league declared they would commit to local community, at least
for home games, they should give the televising rights to the local air
TV in low price. If the audience want see more J-league games, then they'll
make a contract with pay TV. Want to see real football games? Buy ticket
and come to a stadium.
A rural town of Iran, kids played football on the street. A kid wore an
uniform of F.C.Barcelona. They were interested in a foreigner (me) . Then
came up. I pointed the kid and asked "Um, Barcelona. Which number?"
He turned around and show me the number. It's said "Messi 10"
I read it. He nodded with smile. Maybe football fans know who is the number
10 of Barca. In the mean time, do you know who is number 8 of Urawa?
So why a kid in rural town of Iran knows number 10 of Barca? It because he has a chance to see the Barca's game on TV, I guess. In another word, even though he is an excellent player, he would be unknown player whole life without being shown on the media. The easy accessibility helps spreading the fans all over the world. (The club must be good one of course) Increasing the number of fans means makes a revenue of televising rights too. The huge commercial value attracts more sponsors. Licensed goods must be sold a lot. Of course the stadium is always full. The huge profit makes it possible getting big name players. Player would be more competitive. They are always closely watched by the fan on the globe. It makes them to concentrate on each play as a professional. Now we can easily understand why F.C. Barcelona play in such high level.
" Portrait " Faraj, Iran 2013