By Walter Broeckx
A new season is upon us. But as the rules are so silly with regards to transfers it could well be that any team that starts the season could be a completely different team come 1 September.
I think Fifa and Uefa should do something about this. Because this is just very disturbing for all people involved.
For the players: will their transfer dream come true or will they have to stay? It could come true and then turn in to a nightmare but that is another matter. But how can a player be focused on his job when he is being sold every day in the media? So if you want the players to perform you must make sure their head is turned to the playing side of things.
For the team managers: how can they know and pick their team and be sure that all the players are committed to the full 100%? Will the player he picks today still be a player of the club tomorrow? Hard to tell sometimes.
For the supporters: how can we cheer for our players if we don’t know we will have them at the club the whole season?
I think it is stupid how the transfer period is being dragged into the league season of almost all the countries. It makes everybody feel unhappy and gives lots of unrest in the dressing rooms and in stadiums. Not to mention on the blogs.
I think Fifa should impose stricter transfer periods in football. And in fact I think it is rather simple to avoid all those rumbling and rumours when the season has started. We should make a distinction between the internal transfer market and the international transfer market.
The international transfer market should be open when there is no football. For the leagues that play in the winter this will be a period somewhere in the summer. Now you could ask what to do with the leagues who play in the summer. Well in most of these leagues there is a summer break of a few weeks. So it will be this summer break that has to be the same and has to be imposed if needed by Fifa which should be the open international transfer market.
This would mean that teams from different countries will have around 3 or 4 weeks time to do their business on a moment when there is no football played. So no disruptions of leagues at all.
The internal transfer market in a country could be longer. Because when buying and selling between clubs from the same country/league is happening this could be done in the time when there is no competitive football. In England one could say that the internal transfer market could be open from the start of June till the start of August. That would be two months for every club to sell and buy players within their country.
So you would end up with two different periods : the international transfer market of around one month and the internal transfer market of around two months. As a result this will mean that at the start of the season the players know their fate, the managers know who they have in their team and the supporters know that all the players that are in the club will be there for the rest of the season.
Now you might say: and what with the winter transfer period? Well this is also rather simple to resolve. For countries who play a summer league and who have a long winter they can transfer players within their country in that time.
And for teams that play a winter league but have a break in the winter they can do internal transfers in that period also.
And for international transfers in the winter I would suggest that this is only possible in countries where they have a winter break or a summer league. But players can only be bought and sold during a period when there is an official break.
And yes I am fully aware of the fact that this could mean that England has no winter transfer any more. But this will be the choice of the English FA to have a break or not. Let us say that the English FA would say: we have a break from 5 January till 12 January and no games can be played in that period then it is a winter break and transfers could happen in that period.
But then again only internal between clubs in the same country and international only with other countries who also have a winter break at that moment.
So there will be no more players who play in a club and then while a league game is going on are on the coach to a game, suddenly know that their transfer has been done and three days later play for another team.
It would make the time shorter to do transfers and maybe for Arsenal this would be a bad thing with our long negotiations but on the other hand and more importantly it would bring the endless and tiring rumours to an end.
Once the league (any league) has started the dealing should be over and done and only what is happening on the field should be of importance. Oh well, I can dream of a more perfect world, can I?
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