Talking Point: Football

23 Conversations

Some people think football is a matter of life and death... I can assure them that it is much more serious than that.
- Bill Shankly

Has the nature of football changed for the worse?

Is it true that there is less skill to the game nowadays, and more emphasis on pace and physicality?

Are any of the current generation of players capable of the fancy footwork of Pele, Best or Cryuff or are such skilful legends a thing of the past?

Do the astronomical salaries that footballers earn today make them more mercenary and less likely to be loyal to a particular club, especially to their local team, the place they grew up in?

Is violence on the pitch an accepted part of the game? Or have things improved over the years?

As clubs have become more commercial, has corporate hospitality killed the atmosphere at football games?

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