Best eligible domestic aussie players at EAFF, Del Piero and Ono not available …
even if they were available … mmmm, errrr, ummm … all stars? no thanks.
Even the idea of all stars feels a bit contrived. it feels a bit … USA in the 70s, a bit of borrowing from basketball (no prob with them in bball, it has a history and context there). My preferred alternative – one of the clubs. The simple choice would be Champion versus big fancy foreign club. But why not turn this into another thing to play for?
Day 1 of the season, the right to play in the touring giant game would be held by the champion club. Lets give it a trophy and title, i dunno, “the people’s shield”, and it can look like a silver toilet cleaning brush (to go along with the toilet cover). If the champion wins, they hold the “shield”, but if they lose or draw, the “shield” goes to their opponent. Bit rough to lose it with a draw? Yeah, this is a trophy for the brave. It is supposed to change hands. Unless someone pulls a super invincibles and wins every regular season game. And on it goes till the end o the regular season, when whoever holds it is the winner. and they play a game against big whacking euro club, organised and paid for by FFA. held at one of the mega stadiums in sydney or melbourne. and the club gets a decent cut of the revenue too.
Never had an original idea in my head, and not gonna start now. Originally saw this idea over at Rob Marrs’ “left back at the changing room”, he was discussing it in a British context – its an idea he got from Rugby.
By the time we also get an FFA cup, that would be a lot of different prizes to aim for. Some may see a problem there, but I don’t. Even the “all stars” isn’t a problem per se; just this is the alternative that i would like to see.