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If this came to pass this season, how would you feel about this lineup?

 

...................Reina

Carragher Skrtel Agger Dossena

..........Mascherano Barry

...Bentley Gerrard Downing

.................Torres

 

Unfortunately, still not 6+5 :popcorn:

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Guest Anders Honoré

It wpuld be fun to buy bentley and downing, play them at fullback so we can have proper players up front.

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Sepp and Fanny need to go home and have a rethink.

 

Plans by world football's governing body FIFA to introduce nationality quotas on the football pitch were condemned as illegal by the European Commission on Wednesday.

 

FIFA is considering a so-called "6 + 5" rule ensuring that at least six players in a squad are from the club's own country. The plan is due to be put to a FIFA congress in Sydney on Friday.

 

But on Wednesday the Commission stepped in to warn that such a move would amount to discrimination outlawed by EU rules.

 

"We are giving red card to the 6 + 5 rule," announced Vladimir Spidla, Europe's Commissioner for Equal Opportunities.

 

FIFA's controversial proposal is different from a "home grown players" rule proposed by UEFA. UEFA defines "home grown players" as team members who, regardless of age or nationality, have been trained by their club or by another club in the National Association for at least three years between the age of 15 and 21.

 

The Commission has approved the UEFA arrangement because, says Brussels, it contains no player conditions based on nationality.

 

"Compared with the intentions announced by FIFA to impose the so-called 6 + 5 rule which is directly discriminatory and therefore incompatible with the EU law, the "home grown players" rule proposed buy UEFA seems to me to be proportionate and to comply with the principle of free movement of workers".

 

Wednesday's Commission announcement follows an independent study on the "home grown player" rule under which clubs taking part in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup would have to have a minimum number of "home grown players" in their squads.

 

A Commission statement said the potential risk of the rule leading to indirect discrimination on the basis of nationality could not be discounted. But the underlying objectives of the UEFA scheme - to promote training for young football players - were legitimate.

 

EU Commissioner for Education, Training and Youth, Jan Figel, commented: "Measures which require the top European clubs to preserve quality training structures seem to me to be necessary. The UEFA rule thus avoids the risk of professional football clubs abandoning training structures."

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Even if quotas could be introduced as Fifa want them it wouldn't necessarily lead to an improvemnt in the quality of homegrown players coming through. The only way to increase the number of homegrown players is to improve youth coaching at the grassroots level, concentrating on increasing skill levels.

 

Just as aside how many players that have come through the academy have gone on to play regularly for another premier league side, the only one recently I can think of is Steve Warnock. This shows that these nasty foreigners aren't blocking homegrown players from coming through at Liverpool, just that those players aren't good enough.

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Even if quotas could be introduced as Fifa want them it wouldn't necessarily lead to an improvemnt in the quality of homegrown players coming through. The only way to increase the number of homegrown players is to improve youth coaching at the grassroots level, concentrating on increasing skill levels.

 

Just as aside how many players that have come through the academy have gone on to play regularly for another premier league side, the only one recently I can think of is Steve Warnock. This shows that these nasty foreigners aren't blocking homegrown players from coming through at Liverpool, just that those players aren't good enough.

 

 

Adds weight to Rafas overhaul of the Academy

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