THE BEST OF INTENTIONS

Suppose for a moment, soccer was your business. You’re the one behind the controls of soccer in your New World country. Your vision and decisions would mould the beautiful game’s future within your nation’s borders. Given the current state of soccer in your country, domestically and internationally, would you echo the sentiments and prevalent trains of thought that have brought New World soccer to its current location? When your trusted counsel remained adamant that the adopted practices of Old World soccer’s superpowers was the most feasible way forward for your  New World nation’s efforts, would you accept their word on face value? In the educated and well-informed opinion of your brains trust, “New World soccer’s transformation into a dominant domestic and international force” was “strictly a matter of time.” Would you accept their prediction as conclusive or would you feel inclined to demand more than that?

“Exactly how much time are we talking here?”

Not all that unreasonable an inquiry to make for someone in your position. They’ve had over 30 years of soccer experience to accrue the data to make such predictions. All the Old World soccer mysteries of consequence have been solved. The Old World nations who establish the benchmarks of excellence to which the rest of the world aspire, and the relative location of New World soccer nations in comparison, is all laid out in black and white. Every single nation on the planet is fully aware of their position on the soccer hierarchy and equally conscious of the passage of time it has taken them to reach their current locale. Most New World nations are quick to point out the improvements they’ve made to the sport within their borders. The unfortunate fact they are somewhat more reluctant to air is the familiarity of their position on the soccer pecking order relative to those Old World nations they have spent over a generation trying to usurp. Read More