Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Ozil on his way out at Werder Bremen? Another blow to Bundesliga aspirations

So a post I wrote about Raul and the Bundesliga stirred up some great conversation about the place in Europe for the Germany domestic league. Clearly from a business and financial position the German league is in an enviable position.However the point I argued is that if the German league continues to lose its young stars - Khedira heading to Real Madrid example #1 - it will not live up to the lofty stature some believe it can. The potential move of Ozil would continue this trend. The latest rumor, which is not really a rumor since the noise has been there since prior to World Cup, is that the Turkish - German play-maker is looking to make a move away from his current club. The likely destinations appear to point to the EPL....surprise surprise. Clearly this is not a surprise. Werder Bremen is a solid Bundesliga side, but clearly not in the category of a Bayern Munich in terms of appeal and financial heft.

So does this spell the doom of Werder or the Bundesliga? Of course not. And a point that fellow podcaster Gooner made - the financial situation in the EPL, La Liga and Serie A will eventually catch up to them and this could allow the profitable Bundesliga to take advantage of that situation. While this might come to fruition, I think we will see the EPL and La Liga still attract and purchase the biggest names on the transfer market in the near future. While the Bundesliga will chase the likes of Raul and Ballack, great players and names but players on the tail end of careers. I guess this is better than Ligue 1 which seems to have its players all run off to Turkey....Gouvou, Boumsong heheehheeeee.....

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know what washed-up players like gouvou leaving ligue 1has to say about the french league. but it says a lot about the turkish league...

GFC said...

Ha good point! Interesting angle with Gouvou is that 2-3 years ago the talk was always about him heading to Arsenal or another EPL side, when he finally moves he heads off to Turkey. I think a better indicator of where Gouvou sits in the talent spectrum. I think part of the Gouvou hype was also enhanced by Domenech who, for some reason, felt he should be a full international and starter at that!

JLP said...

Like RD always said. Govou knows how to defend!

... It's just that he's not a defender... Ha!

JLP said...

... don't forget Greece, another privileged destination for soccer retirement!

... and do you guys remember Rivaldo a couple years ago leaving AEK Athens to go to play in Uzbekistan!
Well he was the leading scorer in the Uzbek league...

Remember super leftie Denilson? A few years back, he signed to play in a Vietnamese team (V-league, baby!) but left only after a few days if I remember.

And now, Emile Mpenza, ex-Belgium international who played in the Bundesliga a few years, now heading to Baku, Azerbaidjan!

That's just awesome!

GFC said...

Ozil is not rumored to be very close to signing with Barcelona. Another German star from the World Cup heading to La Liga

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