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Turkey: Foreign players rule

So our friends at the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has brought in the new foreign player rule. The new laws stipulate that any Club can only have a maximum of eight ‘foreign’ players on the pitch at any given time and no more than fourteen in the squad.

We checked with some of our esteemed contacts and former clients and the instant feedback was:

“It is scandalous that the decision was taken on the night of match which was played badly and said goodbye to the Euro2020.”

KILAVUZ GÖRSEL ÇÖZÜMLERİ VE REKLAMCILIK SAN. TİC. A.Ş.

 “This is going back to old rule which local players worth more then their ability. At the moment there are players who started their career in Turkey and play in teams like Leicester, Juventus, Liverpool, Lille, Frankfurt because they have to develop themselves to ger better contract, but if it is obligatory to start with locals, you either pay more than worth or play with lower class players. We will see what will happen in future.”

KOC SISTEM BILGI VE ILETISIM HIZMETLERI

“The number of foreign football players is a long term problem in Turkey. There is a high population of young people living in Turkey and many young football players play football in the lower leagues and amateur leagues. There aren’t many football players who are foreign immigrants and Turkish citizens in Turkey. The laws do not allow this. Turkey is not a country of immigrants. Turkey is not multi-cultural like England, France, Germany or Spain. There are not many football players who are Turkish citizens of African origin. In addition, if the number of foreign football players is high, it reflects negatively on the formation of the National Team and prevents young Turkish football players playing in the lower leagues and amateur leagues and progressing to professional football players in the upper leagues. Also, if the number of foreign players is high, it negatively affects the competition between the 4 big clubs (Fenerbahce, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor) with the clubs in Anatolia in terms of budgets and transfers. Since Anatolian clubs and lower leagues have insufficient budgets and cannot transfer good foreign players, they cannot compete with the upper leagues with the big 4 clubs. But, if the number of foreign players is low, it reduces the competitiveness of Turkish teams in the Champions League and European Leagues. The Turkish Football Federation sometimes reduces or increases the number of foreign players in order to maintain these balances. My opinion is that Turkish Teams can compete in Europe with no-limit to the number of foreign players in the Super League and lower professional leagues. “

FIRAT UNIVERSITY

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BACHESEHIR UNIVERSITY

Through, UEFA, the TFF has commented:

“Our primary target is to transform Turkish football, into a better structure that educates and develops elite football players and make Turkey a leading power in Europe and the world.”

It needs to do something after the shambolic showing in Euro 2020!

In a statement, the TFF released the spending limits for the 20 clubs competing in the Super Lig. Not one size fits all however, and the limits, can be exceeded for some up to by twenty five percent. For example, Galatasaray will be able to spend the most, with a TL 546 million ($63 million) limit. This takes the full excess allowance into account.

Other restrictions include regulations to prohibit foreign players signing if in excess of 32 years’ old. Guess that rules me out then! Much of this is catalysed by the crazy transfer fees and remuneration packages trying to woo international elite to Turkey. The trend has been under investigation with penalties shown to leading clubs and bans from European competitions. 

Clearly the above is aimed at the Turkish trying to get their own house in order and make a solid future where more opportunities for the indigenous population to thrive.

Flabergasted

It has been muted before and no doubt will be again. Some believe it’s high jinks and a negotiating ploy to get more out of UEFA in advance of imminent meetings. Not this time, I feel, as the concensus of PR from the 6 so-called ‘BIG CLUBS’ cries a done deal. I’m just hearing that BVB Dortmund may have refused to join, yet good on them if so – though the German model of ownership has offered more security to stakeholders including the fans and been applauded previously. It is blatant ‘fat cats’ behaviour, the drivers behind this so called ‘European Super League’ (ESL) with overseas owners of United, Arsenal and Liverpool one tier beneath the former Real Madrid President in the new hierarchy. Will it go ahead? Of course if these ‘big ones’ want it enough. The objective is simply more revenue. A logical ‘target’ with shareholders seeking greater returns on investment. However, what has clearly been betrayed is the fans. No consultation, no advance warning, no solicitation of opinions. Owners can do what they want, but this is adverse to the heritage, tradition and DNA of the “beautiful game“. Reactionary tones suggest bans from Europa and Champions League for Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, City, United and Liverpool. Also, potential dismissing from future participation in the EPL. Then finally, potentially no players from these 6 teams featuring in the Euros or World Cups. I know my Son and I had fun selecting our new England best eleven this morning over breakfast without recourse to any of those six clubs. Will they get their own way? If they want to yes! Will the threats outside the ESL, prove toothless? Who knows? Only time will tell. Claimants to be ‘Football Finance’ experts are now mushrooming on every corner. So just take a peek at this huge wave of continuity, in opinion, against those North West or London owners and their clubs. You’ll detect from those posts that I have selected below, my take on this all. And yes, the silver lining might be cast on County or FC United amongst others.

Keep listening

The new hierarchy, assisted no doubt by some old faces, had to listen to the ‘mood’ of the supporters after some recent poor performances. The new managerial incumbent had delighted fans with the first (Woking) and last (Solihull) results but little cheer inbetween.

See what our Friend, Jon Keighren teased out of the Director of football this Week at Carrington:

PT: ACH

We are delighted to announce that Stockport Volleyball Club, “the S’PORT” has agreed to extend and retain the services of our first ever professional PT. He has kept members fitter, stronger and conditioned throughout the pandemic. We salute you Adam Heywood of @achperformance. He has become a firm favourite every Thursday for the S’PORT ZOOM Fitness sessions. We have also been blessed by other sessions run by NVL Coach Ant, Ruth and Marion.

For those that don’t know Adam has been a reliable supporter since we moved NVL fixtures to Brinnington Park and was an instant hit with his knowledge and enthusiasm. His professional routines have been used by Oldham Rugby League and Stockport County Football Club. Coaches will work with this valuable PT resource so we #return2play bigger and better. 💙🧡💪💪