Future of African Soccer

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Is there a future for soccer in Africa?

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No
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Future of African Soccer

Post by thrillboy » 30 Jun 2007, 21:18

Is there a future in africa for soccer? All of the good players like Eto'o, Drogba, and numerous others are going to the EPL, Liga, and European football in general.
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Post by mpcarres14 » 01 Jul 2007, 02:35

Sure. There is so much talent in Africa, and now there are actually strong teams. For example, I'm sure that if the Ivory Coast were in a different group at the WC, they would have gone to at least the quarter-finals. However, a good deal of governing must be applied to eliminate the corruption in the federations, and the age-changing must stop.
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Post by Real_Zidane » 01 Jul 2007, 17:38

Yeah, they develop some great players, but their leagues are complete crap.
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Post by gnarlyjim » 01 Jul 2007, 19:34

I think if African Countries such as Ivory Coast develop their players a little better they could definitely be World Cup winners.
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Post by TH14 » 01 Jul 2007, 22:04

There are plenty of highly talented African footballers out there. The ones that get recognized and discovered end up coming to Europe anyways. But the local Africans that do get left behind pretty much have no hope. With parts of the African society being so bad, it is hard for some of them to become successful players. As long as they can develop their leagues or just do more with their national teams then there is a good chance that some of the native African footballers that were gifted with talent will make the African leagues stand out more. Plus, I think the WC 2010 will help them out and somewhat put them on the map. There is definitely hope.
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Post by Flyingmoose » 01 Jul 2007, 22:09

Yes. As long as they could maintain peace there we would see a huge increase of remarkable players coming out of African countries.
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Post by TH14 » 01 Jul 2007, 22:21

Flyingmoose wrote:Yes. As long as they could maintain peace there we would see a huge increase of remarkable players coming out of African countries.
Agreed. They need to achieve and maintain some peace and get rid of all the genocide. It's so horrible what is going on over there and I feel so bad for the innocent people that are having their dreams, of maybe even becoming a world class footballer, ruined and demolished.
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Post by thrillboy » 02 Jul 2007, 00:13

So the thing that is holding back african soccer is the corruption in the country and the crappy leagues?
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Post by TH14 » 02 Jul 2007, 02:38

thrillboy wrote:So the thing that is holding back african soccer is the corruption in the country and the crappy leagues?
Uhm, yes. How could crappy leagues in Africa not hold back African football?
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Post by mpcarres14 » 02 Jul 2007, 04:13

Well, a crappy league in Colombia almost produced a world class squad in the early nineties. Greece has a poor domestic league, yet they won Euro 2004. I don't think that it's the leagues that is holding the teams back, as the majority of the players on these national teams are snapped up by French, Belgian, or Portuguese squads at very young ages, and they are therefore able to come up in decent leagues. The problem to me is truly the farcical manner in which these federations are run. This must be fixed and more organization must be established before Africa will truly dominate.
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Post by TH14 » 02 Jul 2007, 04:20

mpcarres14 wrote:Well, a crappy league in Colombia almost produced a world class squad in the early nineties. Greece has a poor domestic league, yet they won Euro 2004. I don't think that it's the leagues that is holding the teams back, as the majority of the players on these national teams are snapped up by French, Belgian, or Portuguese squads at very young ages, and they are therefore able to come up in decent leagues. The problem to me is truly the farcical manner in which these federations are run. This must be fixed and more organization must be established before Africa will truly dominate.
Oh we're talking about national teams? I thought we were talking about club teams in Africa. Some African countries have pretty good teams and I know that. I just thought we weren't talking about the national teams?
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Post by *~El Maestro~* » 03 Jul 2007, 02:18

Less corruption, developing stadiums, developing better leagues, and there needs to be less age changing as well. All the money that goes to the different federations arent always used well, and we need to improve the leagues too because there are alot of talented guys here who dont make it to Europe because they dont have the means or are simply unlucky.
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