Monday, December 03, 2007
The long saga of their relationship with the mysterious MSI group is ferociously complicated, but the American football scribe Thomas Dunmore has given a good summary of the whole sorry business on his excellent Pitch Invasion blog.
It is a telling irony that the first club to have seriously shot itself in the foot by getting involved in murky third-party ownership deals has a name redolent of a far more innocent era in sport. Not much Corinthian spirit to be perceived in the hunger for Russian oil and gas money shown by the management of the Brazilian club.
The lesson to be learned is surely that third-party ownership of players is a potential cancer of the modern game, as Michel Platini has already indicated. News of Corinthians' relegation should be pinned up prominently on noticeboards at any other club considering entering into the sordid world of go-betweens and money-laundering that constitutes third-party ownership.
That's just a fact of modern football life, though. It's the same for us.
It doesn't mean you have to get into bed with shonks to stay afloat, unless you've managed your club badly to start with, IMO.
My good friend Shane Davis (the ausfootballreview.com man) is currently uploading it all onto YouTube. You can do a search there and I'm sure you'll find it.
What explanation does Mr. Hoare give for his idiotic act, by the way?
Mikey, is there any chance that you could burn some DVDs of these old games that you've got your hands on? Especially the 86 world cup that you were talking about last week, and the old Socceroo games.