There has been a remarkable lack of success in football by the teams from the great capitals of Europe(Rome,Berlin,Moscow,London,Paris) in terms of winning the top trophy in european football. madrid been the exception. A number of reasons put forward have been the cosmopolitan nature of the cities means that a lot of the inhabitants are less proud of their teams than parocihial towns such as manchester ,munich,lyon . Another reason put forward is that in london & moscow for examples they have too many clubs. The next great age in football is where as these capitals get stronger in terms of financial clout & populations their football clubs will dominate. great news for the Romanista on here.
anyone else think that AS Roma are on the verge of dominating football for decades?
another footballing oddity is that teams from smallish countries such as the netherlands & portugal have won the european cup/champions league but no danish,austrian or scottish team have ever won it- is it the influence of immigration
They’ve been nearly trying to franchise a team in Berlin to get a good side there but it just doesn’t seem to work. Maybe the divided city had something to do with it in Berlin’s case but there’ve been all sorts of mergers and things with that Hertha side to try and create a proper force and they’ve just found themselves relegated yet again.
im working on a new theory for a thread later on today- the rise & fall of the provincial clubs 1975-1980 - Ill deal with malmo,forest & monchengladbach- why in this period did these small town clubs have such success & will we ever see it again-