Republic in dis?
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Republic in dis?
you have to think about it historically and regionally on a global level (if the makes sense). You think about the biggest clubs in the world and where they are based throughout history. The biggest club in England (and arguably the world) is ManU. if you look at history and the phrase "The sun never sets on the British Empire" meaning that they controlled land around the world to the point where sun was always shining on England. England is the mother to many countries and whether or not we show it we praise them. (colours on flags for one example). We are inspired and in awe of what England is and can produce. which gives people the notion that they have the best league in the world. It has gotten terrible in that it has inflated the heads of the Brits to a degree (English tax anyone??)
So take that "genetically predisposed" to loving England/UK feel you get kids growing up in every English speaking and/or commonwealth nation dreaming of playing for ManU or whichever is the biggest club England has had history been different.
Now take that same "mother country" metaphor and put in south america with Spain and Portugal. Latin countries ooze over those teams wanting to be on their roster. I know for a fact that everyone was happy that Chica was on ManU but he gets loaned to Real?! shirts copped tenfold. If i talk to my dad about transfers and what not, he comes rushing to me saying "Real is looking into getting Hames! This is going to be phenomenal". Let's just ignore the fact that he didn't say anything when Modric, Bale, or Kroos came over right? of course it didn't have to be Barca or Real at the helm but that's how history paved its footy way. Everyone wants to be with the best of the best.
Now the tricky part with Spain is that they are still divided as a people... talking about catalans and what not. (please correct me because I know some gents in here like Coupe would probably know more info) as divided people kids grew up not wanting to play for the NT, nah they wanted to be on Malaga or Valencia rather then clearly a better/more famous Real or Barca. There's a reason why informed people are still shocked that Spain won a WC or that why they haven't won any more in life.
Now for eastern europe. war, politics and international relations stopped from eastern europe from being a huge contender that it once was (hungary being so strong in the 30's, austria as well in later years). with Germany being such a power throughout modern history having fought wars and able to bounce back economically amazingly after two world wars they developed the best stable footy out of all of eastern europe. I'm saying eastern europe for germany mainly because I'm implying the iron curtain and all of that communist stuff you should know from history class. Best team? Bayern, of course. little Igor in Romania would probably choose Bayern over Real.
Of course times are changing and globalization is well underway some patterns will never break, ManU being "best in world", Brasil and their players are expected to win everything all the time, and as history has formed Ajax having an amazing youth system are some examples.
Only things I see that could/have been breaking these cycles is Oil money from outside investors. ManCity getting money and winning a league title is amazing to me but you won't see people getting interviewed saying "I've always dreamed of playing for ManCity!" not unless ManCity stays relatively on top and 20 years pass by us. This new money has us fixed on clubs that would've never seen the light of day without it. Looking at you PSG, no offense
I talk a lot lol
TL;DR Think about history class then apply footy