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The most outstanding players in South America leave very quickly and that causes a deterioration in the quality of football.


The most outstanding in South America leave very quickly and that causes a deterioration in the quality of football. The economic difference has a direct impact on the development of the game, but there are also methodological aspects, work on inferiors, which also have an influence.

A few days ago, Tigre Gareca spoke on the subject and his diagnosis was lapidary. The Argentine coach from Peru believes that South American football is moving dangerously away from its technical foundations, the gambeta, mischief and good footing that distinguished him all his life.

They say that the truth is never sad, what has no remedy. The economic situation cannot be reversed, players are going to earn much more in Europe than in South America. That is so, period. So? What do the clubs do? Do you sit around waiting for something to get better? Do they lament what could be and isn’t? Or do they work to raise the bar?

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It is not possible to prevent the best players from leaving, Argentina has suffered for years, but the leaders do not do much to change the trend. “The product” is a mess with 28 clubs in first and 37 (37!) in second. That’s how difficult it is.

If the comparison of Argentine soccer is with the English Premier, for example, the journalist Juan Pablo Paterniti assures that the gap is very large in all aspects: the rhythm of the game, the speed, the technical conditions, the preparation, the context. Everything.

The influence of the Bosman Law is inescapable, since the mid-90s the very good and the good have arrived in Europe, but there are also more and more places for the average and the not so good. On top of that, the consecrated ones are coming back less and worse than 20 years ago. Many never turned around or thought about it: Higuaín, Mascherano —made rags—, Lavezzi, Demichelis, Samuel, Aimar —injured—, Zanetti, Crespo, etc.

Lawyer Marcelo Bee Sellares explains that it caused the historic legal conflict of former player Jean-Marc Bosman who, from Belgium, changed the map of European and world football.

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Some statistical data reflect what has been happening for two decades: the Conmebol teams have not won a World Cup for 20 years and the Europeans went ahead in number of titles —12 to 9— in an area that had always been very even; In addition, among the last 10 World Cup finalists, Argentina and Brazil could only sneak in once each.

At club level the reality is the same. In the Club World Cup, the last South American title was 10 years ago. And the representatives of UEFA prevailed in 14 of the last 15 editions. Gone, far away in time, were the epics of Vélez against Milan, the almost miracle of Estudiantes vs. Barcelona and the epic consecrations of Boca de Bianchi against Real Madrid and Milan.

Roberto Marcos Saporiti, who was closely acquainted with from other times, points out that today the great clubs of the old continent are at another level because they are national teams playing every weekend.

Gustavo Gutiérrez, an eminent international soccer fan, provides his point of view on the soccer distances between what we see on television, on the big world stages, and the weak game that we have just around the corner.

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The new wave of world football forces entities like the AFA to go out with the net to fish for players with national roots, but who have never played in the country. Scaloni’s latest call for the national team is a sample: Garnacho, Nicolás Paz, Valentín and Franco Carboni, Luka Romero, Matías Soulé… all children of the Argentine crises who grew up footballing in Europe.

Regardless of economic reality and the limitations it imposes, have Argentine fans lost their taste for the game? Are the teams that try not valued enough and only the ones that win are recognized? How long has it been since the big five have not coincided in good times, for example? Why do Rosario, to cite one case, no longer have the preponderance that they used to have as standard-bearers of flashy soccer based on the inferiors?

In the labyrinth of international football, Argentina continues to spin without being able to find a way out, could it be that they are looking for it well?