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@ 41: waffling implies wasted words. You may not be interested in what I wanted to say - perhaps you already know the situation in Brazil - but I was making a number of points in relation to the question that had been raised and don't think I wasted words in making them. This space limit is controversial and Tim required 3 posts to answer a question recently too - and he doesn't waffle (either).
The best league system is employed by NRL in Australia and the Super League Rugby here. Sudden death or second chance play off games with the chance of a black sheep coming through. Engrossing drama all the way through.
@29 - as you said, it was a simple question so maybe if you didn't waffle on so much you wouldn't need 5 posts to answer it........or why not create your own blog and then you can write as much as you want. See and i wrote all this and still have more than 100 characters left!!Great blog Tim, really interesting
guaranteed drama negates the drama. the finale to last season's EPL was some of the most dramatic sport i've ever seen, because the entire season built up and culminated in the final seconds of the final game. it was amazing, for a neutral.
In an age when coaches are as expendable as pesos, it was great to see Ricardo Gareca lead Velez Sarsfield to another Argentinian league title. Velez have shown just what a well run club, with a clear vision and who are willing to give a coach time to impose his influence and style on the team, are able to do.
I can't find Peruvia on any map. Have you made it up?
#35 I totally agree. That's what the FA cup and champions league do so well. Rugby lost its way too, adding playoffs to the league when they already have two cups (Anglowelsh and Heinken/Shield). Brazil has a cup and a league. Perhaps they should revamp the cup and get rid of the state championship so that the league games are taken more seriously with less squad rotation due to fixture congestion
I have a great comment on this subject.Sadly the BBC won't allow me to make it.
A league is a league. A cup is a cup. Keep it like that.
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Rightly or wrongly I can see the Premier League one day deciding to use a play-off format to decide the title - the lure of another one-off 'Grand Final' at Wembley (to compliment the FA Cup final) between Man Utd/City/Arsenal/Chelsea etc and the amount of money that could be made from TV, advertising etc will be too much to ignore. I wouldn't be surprised if the SPL gets in there first though.
A similar thing happens (sadly) in the rugby Premiership. The 'League Champions' who have been the best team all season get nothing for their effors because the Premiership made a money-grabbing deal and decided to add in play-offs for the top 4 . Best team over x amount of games should be champion. Not the team that took it easy to come 4th and then go on to win the championship.
I'm interested to know since when these formats have existed? Was it a shift from a previous home and away league structure,or were the south american leagues always like this from the beginning?Of course it seems like FA chiefs and even politicians have always had too much leeway to change on a whim to save the bigger teams, but in recent years they appear to be more professional and transparent.
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