After five weeks of some of the most exciting football in my life, I like everyone else will be readjusting to the life of watching domestic football. The World Cup is great, but sadly was always going to end.
Nothing lasts forever. To not disrespect the lower leagues in the English game, they have of course been playing their matches during the World Cup tournament.
It was of course Ashton United who tried to sign Erling Haaland, yes I know it was a publicity stunt. Football, as most people know it, returned with a bang yesterday as Michael Beale’s Rangers won a classic at Pittodrie.
Two last-gasp goals by Scott Arfield, left me thinking the SPL has maybe caught the Qatar 2022. The last gasp goals bug, with twists and turns a plenty.
In England, domestic football has been welcomed back with the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup as it’s popularly known in recent times. Yesterday there were five matches in all where Southampton avoided a shock against Lincoln and won 2-1.
Leicester City strolled past MK Dons 3-0, with Newcastle edging out Bournemouth 1-0. Wolves who are now managed by Julien Lapotegui won 2-0 against Gillingham.
Today’s matches, the football fan will be hoping will be much more of a spectacle, and with good reason. Today sees the epic tussle of Manchester City taking on Liverpool.
These matches very usually disappoint and produce a lot of goals. With me saying this, it’s probably going to go to penalties after a 0-0 bore draw in normal time.
But that’s on Thursday, myself included will have to be a bit patient and watch games such as Manchester United vs Burnley, which should be a good game. Blackburn vs Nottingham should be a good game too.
After being criticised, Qatar demonstrated entertainment in pretty much all the matches that were served up, and all of the domestic leagues will do well to match that excitement.
Winter World Cups might be the way forward. The beautiful game has a reach worldwide reach where there are different time zones and different climate zones shall we put it.
Qatar is an example of where football has had to adapt to them and play in the winter. It’s of course warm weather in Qatar, but for Europe and the rest, it’s cold weather of course.
For the Middle Eastern nation to have been able to host the World Cup tournament, it’s being held in the winter for the West. A slight inconvenience for some as this breaks up their domestic season, in a way they didn’t want.
The World Cup is traditionally a summer tournament. In the winter, for some, it’s still been very hot, but there have been stadium air conditioning, to ease heat concerns for those who are more acclimatised to colder weather.
Saudi Arabia, one can’t help but feel will bid for 2030 which is their right. Football is inclusive for all right?
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