The Demise of English Football

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The Demise of English Football

  1. 1. The Demise of English FootballThe Demise of English FootballThe following paper tries to analyse the various reasons for the continuing dismal performance of theEnglish national team at world levelEngland have produced some of the best midfielders in football today who have accomplishedthemselves as world-class footballers but at the international stage they just don’t seem to make animpact 1 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  2. 2. The Demise of English FootballThe Big FourThe Top 4 clubs of England namely, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Manchester United have taken the1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the premiership for the last 10 years, no other team has managed to breaktheir dominanceException: 2002/03 Newcastle United, 3rd Runners- Club Winner Winning Years up 1907/08, 1910/11, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1956/57, 1964/65, 1966/67,Manchester 18 14 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, United 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 1900/01, 1905/06, 1921/22, 1922/23, 1946/47, 1963/64, 1965/66, Liverpool 18 12 1972/73, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1987/88, 1989/90 1930/31, 1932/33, 1933/34, 1934/35, 1937/38, 1947/48, 1952/53, Arsenal 13 8 1970/71, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04 Chelsea 4 3 1954/55, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10 Total 53 37The Big 4 have also been substantial contributors to the England national team for the Fifa World Cup Season No of players from the Premiership % No of players based in Big 4 EnglandWorld Cup 1998 11 55% 22World Cup 2002 10 46% 21World Cup 2006 14 64% 20World Cup 2010 9 41% 22 Season Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool Manchester UnitedWorld Cup 1998 3 1 3 4World Cup 2002 4 0 2 4World Cup 2006 3 4 8 3World Cup 2010 0 4 3 2Simply put The Big 4 can be considered as the Heart & Soul of English football 2 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  3. 3. The Demise of English FootballBased on data collected on the Big 4 teams of the English premier league teams namely, Arsenal,Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, for the past 10 years, I have come to the note the followingreasons for the demise of English football Lack of Quality Forwards and Goalkeepers Inadequate opportunities for English footballers The vast quality difference in the Premiership and the Championship 3 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  4. 4. The Demise of English FootballInadequate opportunities for English footballers Arsenal Season No of English % of First team % Change % of First team players in the squad from England squad from France First team Squad 2010/11* 3 11.11111111 0.766284 25.92593 2009/10 3 10.34482759 -0.76628 24.13793 2008/09 3 11.11111111 -5.01792 22.22222 2007/08 5 16.12903226 1.843318 22.58065 2006/07 4 14.28571429 0 25 2005/06 4 14.28571429 3.571429 21.42857 2004/05 3 10.71428571 -18.6975 25 2003/04 10 29.41176471 -7.2549 17.64706 2002/03 11 36.66666667 -5.64103 20 2001/02 11 42.30769231 23.0769210 Season Average 5.7 19.63679 22.70193From the data above it seen clearly that the number of Englishman has been steadily declining fromthe Arsenal squadOn the other hand the no of Frenchman in the Arsenal squad has been consistently above 20%,Exception Season 2003/04: 18%Simply put there have been more French players in the English football club Arsenal than Englishplayers for the past 7 seasons Season No of Englishman with more than 25 appearances 2010/11* - 2009/10 1 2008/09 1 2007/08 1 2006/07 2 2005/06 1 2004/05 1 2003/04 3 2002/03 6 2001/02 5 10 Season Average 2.333The number of Englishman in the Arsenal squad making more than 25 appearances a season hasdeclined over the years 4 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  5. 5. The Demise of English Football Chelsea Season No of English players in % of First team squad from % Change the First team Squad England 2010/11* 6 24 0.666667 2009/10 7 23.33333333 0.25641 2008/09 6 23.07692308 -2.849 2007/08 7 25.92592593 -7.40741 2006/07 9 33.33333333 -1.28205 2005/06 9 34.61538462 7.948718 2004/05 8 26.66666667 0.740741 2003/04 7 25.92592593 0.925926 2002/03 6 25 1.923077 2001/02 6 23.0769230810 Season Average 7.1 26.49544The no of Englishman in the Chelsea First team squad has been around 25% and doesn’t show anytrend Season No of Englishman with more than 25 appearances 2010/11* - 2009/10 4 2008/09 3 2007/08 5 2006/07 5 2005/06 4 2004/05 5 2003/04 5 2002/03 4 2001/02 3 10 Season Average 4.222On average only 4 Englishman have managed to play more than 25 games for Chelsea for the past 10years 5 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  6. 6. The Demise of English Football Liverpool Season No of English players in the % of First team squad from % Change First team Squad England 2010/11* 11 37.93103448 13.7931 2009/10 7 24.13793103 4.137931 2008/09 7 20 -10.5556 2007/08 11 30.55555556 -5.55556 2006/07 13 36.11111111 8.111111 2005/06 7 28 0.727273 2004/05 9 27.27272727 -6.06061 2003/04 10 33.33333333 2.083333 2002/03 10 31.25 -2.08333 2001/02 12 33.33333333 10 Season 9.7 Average 30.1925The no of Englishman in the Liverpool first team squad has been fluctuating between 25% and 35%,with the lowest of 20% and the highest of 38% Season No of Englishman with more than 25 appearances 2010/11* - 2009/10 2 2008/09 2 2007/08 4 2006/07 4 2005/06 3 2004/05 2 2003/04 5 2002/03 5 2001/02 5 10 Season Average 3.5The no of English players making more than 25 appearances has declined over the years 6 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  7. 7. The Demise of English Football Manchester United Season No of English players in the % of First team squad from % Change First team Squad England 2010/11* 20 43.47826087 -4.34783 2009/10 22 47.82608696 1.992754 2008/09 22 45.83333333 -4.16667 2007/08 20 50 4.83871 2006/07 14 45.16129032 8.797654 2005/06 12 36.36363636 1.069519 2004/05 12 35.29411765 -6.64137 2003/04 13 41.93548387 -6.45161 2002/03 15 48.38709677 2.932551 2001/02 15 45.45454545 10 Season 16.5 Average 43.9733Manchester United have been the only club among the Big 4 to have more than 40% of their First teamsquad from England Season No of Englishman with more than 25 appearances 2010/11* - 2009/10 6 2008/09 5 2007/08 6 2006/07 6 2005/06 7 2004/05 7 2003/04 6 2002/03 7 2001/02 6 10 Season Average 6.2Every season atleast 6 English players manage to make more than 25 appearances for the clubSummaryThis data clearly indicated the lack of opportunities for English players to play at the highest level, withthe Big 4 heavily relying on foreign playerWith inadequate opportunities at the Big 4, English players depend on other smaller teams for Firstteam football who don’t compete in the European champions league and Europe cup, competitionswhere the best in Europe compete, this becomes a large barrier for the development of English footballand is possibly one reason why the English team performs poorly at the world stage 7 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  8. 8. The Demise of English FootballLack of Quality Goalkeepers Arsenal Season 1st Choice Goalkeeper Nationality2010/11* Łukasz Fabiański Non English2009/10 Manuel Almunia Non English2008/09 Manuel Almunia Non English2007/08 Manuel Almunia Non English2006/07 Jens Lehmann Non English2005/06 Jens Lehmann Non English2004/05 Jens Lehmann Non English2003/04 Jens Lehmann Non English2002/03 David Seaman English2001/02 David Seaman English Chelsea Season 1st Choice Goalkeeper Nationality2010/11* Petr Čech Non English2009/10 Petr Čech Non English2008/09 Petr Čech Non English2007/08 Petr Čech Non English2006/07 Petr Čech Non English2005/06 Petr Čech Non English2004/05 Petr Čech Non English2003/04 Carlo Cudicini Non English2002/03 Carlo Cudicini Non English2001/02 Carlo Cudicini Non English Liverpool Season 1st Choice Goalkeeper Nationality2010/11* José Manuel Reina Non English2009/10 José Manuel Reina Non English2008/09 José Manuel Reina Non English2007/08 José Manuel Reina Non English2006/07 José Manuel Reina Non English2005/06 José Manuel Reina Non English2004/05 Jerzy Dudek Non English2003/04 Jerzy Dudek Non English2002/03 Jerzy Dudek Non English2001/02 Jerzy Dudek Non English 8 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  9. 9. The Demise of English Football Manchester United Season 1st Choice Goalkeeper Nationality2010/11* Edwin van der Sar Non English2009/10 Edwin van der Sar Non English2008/09 Edwin van der Sar Non English2007/08 Edwin van der Sar Non English2006/07 Edwin van der Sar Non English2005/06 Edwin van der Sar Non English2004/05 Roy Carroll Non English2003/04 Tim Howard Non English2002/03 Fabien Barthez Non English2001/02 Fabien Barthez Non EnglishOne of England’s biggest problems is the lack of a quality GoalkeeperNo English goalkeeper has been the 1st choice goalkeeper for the Big 4 clubs playing at the highestlevel,Exception, David Seaman, Arsenal, 2001/02-2002/03Season Goalkeeper Club Appearances Goals ConcededFifa WC 1998 David Seaman Arsenal 4 4Fifa WC 2002 David Seaman Arsenal 5 3Fifa WC 2006 Paul Robinson Tottenham Hotspurs 4 2Fifa WC 2010 Robert Green West Ham United 1 1 David James Portsmouth 3 4SummaryThese statistics clearly indicate why England lacks a world-class goalkeeper and seem unlikely to haveone in the near future given the fact that none of the English goalkeepers play for the Big 4 at thehighest level of competitive football 9 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  10. 10. The Demise of English Football Lack of a quality Strike forceEnglish Premier League Top Scorers Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Dimitar Andrew2010/11* Berbatov Carlos Tévez Carroll Tim Cahill Kevin Nolan Wayne Frank2009/10 Didier Drogba Rooney Darren Bent Carlos Tévez Lampard Cristiano Steven Fernando2008/08 Nicolas Anelka Ronaldo Gerrard Torres Robinho Cristiano Emmanuel Fernando Roque Santa2007/08 Ronaldo Adebayor Torres Cruz Robbie Keane Benedict Cristiano2006/07 Didier Drogba McCarthy Ronaldo Mark Viduka Darren Bent Ruud van Frank2005/06 Thierry Henry Nistelrooy Darren Bent Robbie Keane Lampard Andrew Jermain Frank2004/05 Thierry Henry Johnson Robert Pires Defoe Lampard Ruud van2003/04 Thierry Henry Alan Shearer Nistelrooy Louis Saha Mikael Forssell Ruud van James2002/03 Nistelrooy Thierry Henry Beattie Mark Viduka Michael Owen Ruud van Jimmy Floyd2001/02 Thierry Henry Nistelrooy Hasselbaink Alan Shearer Michael OwenSummaryAnother of England’s major problem is the absence of a quality strike force, this is clearly visible fromthe fact that in the last 10 seasons no English footballer has been the top scorer in the English premierleagueIn recent years All the Big 4 clubs have depended on foreign Forwards except Manchester united whereWayne Rooney leads the attack 10 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  11. 11. The Demise of English FootballThe Difference between the English Premier League & the ChampionshipEnglish Npower Championship Winners/ Teams promoted to the English Premier League Season 1st 2nd 3rd 2010/11* - - - 2009/10 Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Blackpool Wolverhampton Birmingham City Burnley 2008/09 Wanderers 2007/08 West Bromwich Albion Stoke City Hull City 2006/07 Sunderland Birmingham City Derby County 2005/06 Reading Sheffield United Watford 2004/05 Sunderland Wigan Athletic West Ham United 2003/04 Norwich City West Bromwich Albion Sunderland 2002/03 Portsmouth Leicester City Sheffield United Manchester City West Bromwich Albion Wolverhampton 2001/02 WanderersTeams Relegated from the English Premier League Season 1st 2nd 3rd 2010/11* - - - 2009/10 Burnley Hull City Portsmouth 2008/09 Newcastle United Middlesbrough West Bromwich Albion 2007/08 Reading Birmingham City Derby County 2006/07 Sheffield United Charlton Athletic Watford 2005/06 Birmingham City West Bromwich Albion Sunderland 2004/05 Crystal Palace Norwich City Southampton Leicester City Leeds United Wolverhampton 2003/04 Wanderers West Ham United West Bromwich Sunderland 2002/03 Albion 2001/02 Ipswich Town Derby County Leicester CitySummaryThe highlighted teams are the ones promoted from the Npower Championships to the English PremierLeague a season earlierEvery season atleast one of the team that has been promoted is relegated back to the Championships2001/02 was the only season when none of the newly promoted teams were relegated, the teams thatwere promoted were Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton WanderersThere is a vast gap between the Premiership and the championships, why this becomes an importantparameter in my analysis is the fact that the championships are dominated by English playersespecially youth players and the premiership is increasingly being dominated by Foreign players 11 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  12. 12. The Demise of English FootballConclusive SummarySince the inception of the English Premier League in 1992, the Big 4 have dominated the league,Except for Manchester united none of the Big 4 have provided substantial opportunities for Englishfootballers, with the number of English footballers playing at the highest level declining over the yearsNone of the Big 4 clubs have had an English goalkeeper as their 1st choice, except arsenal in 2001/02and 2002/03, it’s no wonder then that the English football team lacks a quality goalkeeperAlso no English footballer has been the top scorer in the English premier league for the last 10 seasonswhich can be linked to another of England’s problem i.e. the lack of a quality strike forceGiven the current scenario it seems unlikely that the English football team will be a dominant player inworld football, there needs to be some serious policy changes and the new Fifa rule requiringpreference to domestic players in the playing 11 and the squad would just be the much needed firststep 12 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com
  13. 13. The Demise of English Football Referenceswww.soccernet.comwww.wikipedia.orgFootball Manager 2011 13 Page Shekhar.Ibhrampurkar@gmail.com

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