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  1. Let's Talk Atlantic League

    I agree that if UEFA continue to pander to the big leagues then other leagues should look to combine. I think Belgium and Netherlands could combine just on their own and create a fairly strong league. I think more thought and imagination needs to go into the rest. Could Portugal try and join La Liga? Benfica are a huge worldwide club and could possibly challenge Barca and Real consistantly. Porto, Sporting, Braga and Boavista instead of the likes Huesco, Girona, Leganes and Eibar could make that league bigger then the EPL. A Scandinavian league might work for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. I don't know what Scotland could do though, Old Firm fans don't want change and as they are the biggest customer to the SPL why change???? I think a Celtic (not sellic) league like what happened in Rugby would be good but Cardiff and Swansea would be unlikely to want that with the money they get being yo-yo EPL sides but if you got them and a North Wales side plus 4 Ireland teams from the Provinces like the rugby has they would have big potential along with say the top 5 in the SPL could create an even 12 team league.
  2. Summer football Less teams - around 12 top clubs divided evenly into populated areas, ie 1 from Fife, 1 Ayrshire , 2 Lanarkshire, 2 from Edinburgh, 3/4 from Greater Glasgow etc..... Try and distribute it that each team can reasonably expect around 20k at a game. Imagine every stadium in Scotland to be like Easter Road and Tynecastle every week instead of 60K at Celtic park and 2k at Livingston. Safe standing No prize money and all TV money distributed evenly. Giving the most successful teams more money is totally counter productive to competition. Improve matchday experience, better food, stadiums, facilities 1 transfer window to be complete before the season starts Loan system scrapped or at least limiting it (3 under 21's and 1 over 21yrs old) SFA/SPL to be made up of independent personnel who's sole goal is to grow the game/league. If they are not doing this they should be moved on. I'd love a draft system but I think it would be too difficult to apply in football.
  3. Have you seen the UEFA league coefficients? Scotland is sandwiched between these two nations.
  4. Ha ha thanks for the correction. I knew some of my statements weren't 100% correct was just putting out a general statement about lack of competition at various league levels.
  5. Is football ever going to be genuinely competitive at league level again? Is there any point in playing out the Serie A, Bundesliga or Ligue 1, Juventus, Bayern, PSG are all champions in waiting if Monaco didn't win the league 2 years ago these teams would all be going for 8 in a row like Celtic. Even when Monaco did win the league and got to the semi finals of the champions league where they had a great side instead of going again the following year they had a firesale for the big clubs with their players and PSG come in and LOAN Mbappe (with a clause to buy him to get round the fair play rules) Celtic fans are wanting 10 in a row as winning 1 league title is not really that much of an achievement to them and even when someone breaks their dominance it will and only can be Rangers. They have won the last 35 league titles between them. The Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch leagues are only really a 2 horse race every season (Atletico, Feyenoord and Sporting can't really genuinely compete regularly). Even in the Azerbaijan league BATE Borisov are going for 13 in a row as they occasionally get Champions league money and therefore can totally outspend everyone else which keeps them winning their domestic league and having a chance at qualifying again for the group stage which continues the cycle. In almost every other sport things are in place to create competition. F1 change the engine, tyre, pit stop rules to try and stop dominance. The American leagues all have some type of wage structure. Horse racing make the horses carry weighted saddles to make them all the same. Boxing has weight categories etc etc. I know there are exceptions, the EPL is fairly competitive even though it has a 'top 6' but even then Leicester have won the league more recently than Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd . Can anything be done to create a level playing field or should we just accept that most domestic football leagues are not going to be competitive?
  6. The 2016 US Presidential Election

    It would be funny for Trump to win.
  7. Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit

    Not Angela Eagle, I still would like to see a strong Labour push the Tories. Bring back Blair.
  8. Conservative Leadership Thread

    I'd have liked to see Borris in for the comedy factor but he ruined his chances by actually winning the EU debate which I doubt he meant too. He was going for the gallant loser role.
  9. 2 weeks ago

    2 weeks ago I discussed remain or leave with friends, workmates, family etc, out of 50+ people of all ages, races, professions, life situations everyone was pretty much maybes aye, maybes naw. Nobody really seemed that fussed. Its hilarious on here that it seems now like a matter of life and death and folk going crazy as it seems it has to lead to indy 2. I could vote either way in an indy 2, whoever convinces me most and what seems the best option but being in or out the EU will be a minimal factor in my decision. Why are some so desperate to be in the EU? I voted remain but can see positives in leave so why not see how it goes? Equally yes or no I'd take the decision and see what we can get from it.
  10. What if?

    2 big players in the EU, UK and Germany............ One has left.
  11. What if?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/23/these-countries-could-be-next-if-britain-leaves-the-e-u/
  12. Juncker

    Dictating.........is that not why England voted to leave???? Unelected / unknown politicians saying what we do. I hadn't heard of the guy until yesterday and he's now telling the UK to hurry up and leave.
  13. Juncker

    This guy is an arsehole.
  14. I was a reluctant No voter but I would never rule out voting Yes, equally I would never rule out voting a party, I approach every vote and consider the options. I always thought I would vote Yes once it was on offer though I then needed to be convinced it was best for me, my family, community and country. I still would vote yes but I'm well aware at how the emotions and views today can easily change. 38% voted leave, the SNP have over the last 3 referendums/elections been around the 45-50 mark. Nicola always said she wanted a consistent 60% before going for another indy ref. This swing to getting it up the UKIP /Boris coalition is only 5 minutes old. If we lose again its definitely off the table.
  15. What if?

    I heard both of them say the EU needed reformed but it's easier to do it from within than from the sidelines. Anyway I'm not arguing about that. I'm very open minded and always consider every option put in front of me. I'm as passionate a Scot as you'll ever meet but I also want what's best for me, my family, friends etc so I wont vote willy nilly. I'm thinking that a knee jerk referendum that may take 3 years to implement due to the UK concentrating on the processing of leaving the EU which means they dont get round to making it legal. By that time the EU may be in turmoil, the EU states might bow to lots of the UK demands, the current Scottish deficit being far too high and the price of oil may lead to another NO. What happens then??
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