Date: 21st August 2008 at 3:22pm
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Not sure if this feeling is shared by others?

But is the pride and passion of wearing not only the club shirt but also the once sought after chance and honour to wear the three lions shirt, now a thing of the past.

Player’s wages are at such a high level now; it appears that their over inflated egos expect the club to owe them and not the other way round. Every now and then you get a lad who comes up through the ranks ala Gary O’Neil, and the likes of Linvoy who are passionate about their club and would/will give 110% week in and week out. I am not saying that all our team don’t give their all every week, but I do get the feeling that some who clearly have an ability such as Utaka just don’t turn up at times and should they ‘walk’ as well as they ‘talk’ then they would be giving back to the club a little of the faith that the manager put in them in the first place in ‘allowing them the honour of wearing our crest upon the shirt’.

Its not just our team as every club have players who are as fickle as you like, and I guess that is just the way it is now a days, but I think its great that players such as Giggs and Scholes are Red through and through and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else other than be at Utd, alright the argument is that if you are playing for arguably the best club in Europe then why would you want to leave, but that’s is dedication for you.

I know it’s easy to say and I’m sure we all have kids, grand kids that want to play for Pompey. I know my lad who is an Under 11 right back, would stick the number 2 shirt on now and play for Pompey for nothing, that’s all he wants to do. When asked about what he wants to do when he leaves school, he replies well “that’s obvious Dad” I will have a bit of a problem when his dream in all probability will not be realised but it is that kind of passion that the majority of current pros don’t now have.

I am sure players will argue that they are 100% loyal and give 100% week in and week out, but come a call from a perceived bigger club, then they would be off like a flash.

Written by blarmy.

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13 Replies to “Is there any passion left in football?”

  • good article cant disagree with you on this utaka no passion , primus 110% week in week out. Also football players now just want money if there is not any money then they dont give a monkeys !! We (england ) need talent coming through the ranks that will give 110% when they make it we also need players what were the shirt on there heart not the sleeve for example england last night were poor because there was no commitment all they care about is money .

  • Sorry to be boring guys and some of yoy will have already read this in response to a similar posting; Champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill…..This is a quote by Muhammad Ali. Also, just to remind you all, get hold of a book written in 1968 by Arthur Hopcraft called THE FOOTBALL MAN. Keep looking on eBay or Amazon. I think ChrisW picked up a hardback yesterday – it was also reprinted around 1970 in paperpack. I have two copies and THIS IS A PROMISE, I’m about to send one to Peter Crouch – hopefully he’ll share it amongst his team mates. All professional footballers in England should have to read it. By the way, I think the reason we’re so compelled by passion and effort shown in the Olympics, isn’t just down to the success of GB but because we’re seeing unadulterated effort and the will to be the best you can be. Martial artists are supposed to show humility but I’m going to tell you something just to illustrate a point; Some of you will know that I train and teach tae kwon-do; the whole ethos of which is “be the best you can be”. My daughter, Evie, who some of you have met, achieved her black belt last year at nine years old, having gone through the same four year syllabus as the adults (no diluted kids/junior programme) and she also competed in two events at the 8th Open World Tae Kwon-do Championships last year, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. All our students, myself included, get the biggest buzz from pushing ourselves beyond what we thought we could achieve. I cannot really put into words the hard work and effort that needs to go into this, that’s why the Ali quote is so inspirational to me and that’s why I get so utterly frustrated at our pampered footballers. I guess it’s not their fault they are paid so much but, I tell you what, I would have walked a million miles over broken glass to play professional football if I’d had an ounce of their talent. They have a God given talent but how many of them are really pushing themselves to BE THE BEST I CAN BE?

  • Agree 100% blarmy. What you say starts at National level. I think fans are starting to realise the situation and the bubble is about to burst.

  • Spot on Tim; I wonder if one of the problems is level of intelligence? A lot of professional footballers can’t string two sentences together and thus don’t have the ability to think about improvement and pride. They know they’re “quite good” at football but the thought process to better themselves isn’t there. Those that can elucidate tend to be the ones who come across as willing to commit and recognise that potentially they can do better.

  • Blarmy – you are right. But what about Benjani? He gave us his all, he didn’t want to go anywhere else. One minute Harry was going to buy him all the fish and chips he wanted for life, the next he bundled him and his bewildered family up to the north of England as fast as he could, to facilitate signing Defoe. Its not a nice business – football. S’pose it reaps what it sows.

  • I fyou can play crap then go home to your multi-million pound mansion, where does the drive come from? Say’s a lot that we haven’t had a winning side since ’66 when all the players were on good money, yet still needed to work once football had had its day with them, now a bog standard player can retire at 25 financially secure. To put it in perspective, I’m working a couple of doors away from Francis Benali’s house, average defender, non-international, played for the dirtboxes, well he lives in a house that must be worth a couple of million, not bad for mediocre

  • I think it varies from one to the other. Primus, Benjani, James all have passion – others don’t seem to so much. But it should still be everything to wear your country’s shirt, and to give your all, and make sure you get picked next time. Perhaps there are too many regulars in the England team who know they won’t be left out. Perhaps sometimes leaving out players for one or 2 games is all it takes. Maybe that’ll work with Utaka?

  • a sad reflection of society where the last 10-15 years has seen everything turn upside down. Progress at a very costly price.

  • I had the misfortune to go to my aunts and read an article about Benali in the Southampton Echo TV listings. They were said he was a like a god to scum fans and he is an example to youngsters. But at the end of the interveiw he says ‘ i was poorly paid by premiership standard and I wasnt one of the saints top earners’ as if he had worked for peanuts. It was so ironic because he’s just set up a ‘property developing’ company with the proceeds of his football career. So calles property developers are responsible for much of the current economic situation so this Benarli chap isnt in my good books.

  • Some would say you have to pay them big because of the talent they have. I would say if you have talent show it then we will decide whether you are worth it. Hang on I sound like Milan now don’t I?

  • A lot of players these days don’t seem to give a hoot about the shirt on their back.
    Have a look at Spurs ‘superstar’ Berbatov for example – I saw a headline today alleging that he’d been pictured signing a Man U shirt….the sad thing is that it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s true..

  • I dont think the passion would ever be lost in football, we still have young kids coming through the ranks that would do anything to become a professional footballer and live the life that the current players do, personally from when i was younger i wanted to become a professional footballer but my father basically told me i would never make it but then i realised if i didnt listen to him i would of given it a real good go but it didnt happen, but we will always have passion for the game and you can see from people in the crowd, it will always be there

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