I found couple of quite interesting articles, these are the most important things i think should be resolved ASAP.
Time to loosen strikers' shackles
(Eurosport.com) - While the authorities wage all-out war on excessive goal celebrations and non-regulation kit, eurosport.com's Alex Chick laments the continued blind eye turned to far greater crimes, most notably the orgy of foul play at every set piece that could threaten to turn Serie A into a farce.
FIFA are so eager to fight cosmetic battles against excessive celebration and non-regulation kit, they forget to deal with the genuine foul play plaguing Italy.
At every corner or free kick the penalty box becomes a war zone, with defenders pulling shirts, treading on feet and even bear-hugging their man to keep him in place.
Would they get away with it on the half way line? Certainly not. In the box, however, a different set of rules seems to apply, with forwards fair game for sustained rough treatment.
So ingrained is this malaise that even the strikers have given up complaining. Players of every stripe seem to accept it as part of the game.
Even Inter powerhouse Christian Vieri is routinely bullied out of contention for the ball by Machiavellian means, and his plaintive shrugs seem more in hope than expectation.
The great and good of world football harp on about favouring the attacker, yet this is a situation where top strikers like Shevchenko and Cassano are simply not given the chance to score.
Still referees refrain from cracking down with anything like the evangelism with which they have taken on players with the temerity to "do a Ravanelli".
Removing your shirt after scoring? Unacceptable. Removing your opponent's shirt during the match? No problem!
FIFA SEE NO EVIL
FIFA have a habit of skirting around real footballing issues. They tend to take on high-profile battles they know they can win, and shy away from making changes that could make a real difference to the way the game is played.
For all the talk of bigger goals, four 25-minute quarters and a clock that stops every time the ball goes out of play, the governing body has enacted none of its more outlandish schemes.
At the same time it fails to act quickly and decisively when the game needs tweaking. Backpasses marred European football for years before goalkeepers were finally prevented from picking them up, while efforts to refine the offside rule have merely resulted in greater confusion.
The current issue does not even require the rules to be changed, only enforced: a foul is a foul, even when six of them are committed simultaneously.
'PART OF THE GAME'?
"But it's part of the game," bleat apologists for goalmouth thuggery, "everybody does it." If you penalised every bit of shirt-tugging, each match would have eight penalties and five red cards.
Maybe so, for a week or two at least. But teams don't want to end up with eight men and coaches would soon make absolutely sure their defenders knew there had no carte blanche to assault their opponents.
People say it will cause chaos, but isn't it chaos now?
Whenever the odd spot-kick is given for goulmouth skullduggery, defenders look aghast despite being caught red-handed, and understandably so. The player has just seen ten defenders get away scot-free, yet only he is sanctioned.
The answer is not to penalise a little, but a lot. Make sure defenders know that those sneaky penalty box infringements, so beloved of Italy's centre-backs, will no longer go unpunished.
- I for one arenīt happy with all these jersey ripping, shirt pulling, bear-tucking elements which happens every time someone getīs a corner/free-kick etc. For what iīve seen this happens mostly in Serie A. Itīs a war in our penalty areaīs, itīs a shame weīve come to this. It has become a habit already and itīs difficult to change, but i really think it should. Because itīs a habit in here, Italian teams are having difficulties in CL, UEFA cup etc. We think it belongs to football, but refereeīs from other countries doesnīt and they are right. Italian NT is also having troubles because itīs common thing to do in Serie A. For the sake of Italian football, do something Lega-Calcio!
- Current offside rule should be changed as well, this passive rule doesnīt work and itīs even more confusing to refereeīs/players than it used to be. Something should be changed before our league goes even worse (if possible). Is the technology the right answer? I donīt think so, but it looks like we are going with that path in near future. ->
Technology: Italians keep an eye on the ball
(Zoomata.com - Nicole Martinelli) - Perhaps the most difficult rule to call correctly in the sports world is soccer's offside. Leave it to the Italianswho have complained about more than their fair share of dodgy callsto dive into solving the problem. Experts at Italy's National Research Council are developing a computer-based system that could change the way the game is judged.
Here's how it would work: a camera installed on the sideline at midfield would offer a 180-degree view of the field. The camera's footage would be processed by a computer capable of distinguishing not only each player's position on the field, but also that of the ball in order to determine if a player is offside. At the moment of infringement, the machine will then wirelessly signal the referee.
Why does a sport require so much brain power?
Follow if you can: the offside rule states that a player for Team A, usually a forward, can't be closer to the goal than Team B's last defender when a Team A player touches the ball toward the goal. Judging offside is not an easy matter, even for professionals. Soccer authorities created training videos for referees to help them make more accurate decisions and simplified rules but arguments about offside calls still abound.
"Referees make mistakes about 50% of the time, no matter how good they are. To work, our system would have to vastly improve that," says researcher Archangelo Distante, 59, himself once an amateur soccer player. "Humans don't have eyes in the back of their heads, but the computer will have to be capable of judgment, not picking up false offsides and stopping play. It's a real challenge."
The systemwhich the team hopes to complete by next yearwould be a blessing to any team that has ever been on the receiving end of a bad call. Still, although domestic leagues around the world may well adopt the technology, not everyone is keen on the idea. Football is a game played by humans that should be judged by humans, says a FIFA spokesperson. Fair enough. The soccer clubs, however, are interested enough in bringing computers to the field to fund the research, Serie-A's Udinese is behind the latest effort. Other projects, based on more intrusive and expensive wireless technology, have also been presented to the Italian soccer league recently. If this new technology takes off, FIFA's referees may find themselves facing even more cries of foul than they do now.
What about EU-Rule then?
Is it really working or are the players form South-America for example faking their passports more often? If you ask me, itīs a yes, theyīre faking their passports more often now because of this rule. All the sudden they remember that their grand-grand father was an italian/spanish etc. Another question is that do we really need that many foreigners to play in "our" domestic leagues? Sure the better players should play, no matter where are they from, but football shouldnīt go to this way.
Few weeks ago we (Inter) had two italians in our match (Favalli and Toldo), this weekend we had only one (Toldo). I watched Chelsea-Liverpool at the weekend and i noticed that they only had four english players in the field, two each. Is that what the big audiences wanna see? Teamīs full of foreigners or a team with half foreigners and half of their own country mates for an example? I bet the answer would be the latter. Iīm not a racist nor think that all foreigners should leave, but i really do think and hope to see more italian players in italian team. Thatīs why we still have our domestic leagues and not one global league. There should be a rule that at least five players from the league theyīll play in should be from that country.
I know i could be quite alone with my worries, but i think football is going with the wrong path here. Why do we have domestic leagues if our leagues are full of foreigners? It certainly isnīt helping national teams. Weīve been talking about this for years already, but nothing has changed. It has become worse to be honest.
We are called Internazionale, but that doesnīt mean we shouldnīt have any italians in our team. What about the difference of Milan and Inter. How was these teams created?
Inter and Milan may be divided today but once the football lovers of Milan had just one team to support. Milan Cricket and Football Club, founded in 1899 by Englishman Alfred Edwards, was the domain of the expatriate English community and their well-heeled friends in the city, who met over cocktails at the American Bar.
So, in early days Milan was an tea drinking "english" team.
On March 9th, 1908, after a meeting in the backroom of the Orologio restaurant near Piazza del Doumo, an Italian and Swiss rebel faction decided to break away and set up their own football club. The club was named "Internazionale" in a jibe at the exclusive nature of their old team-mates who in turn later adopted the Italian Associazone Calcio, and dropped the reference to cricket, although they have kept to this day the English Milan title, in respect to their origins.
Am i way off if i tell you guys that Internazionale was created originally for italians? Milan had all those english mens drinking tea and all that bullsh!t and we created Internazionale originally for italianīs who werenīt allowed to represent Milan. Thatīs not a fact or anything, i just have thought/read about this and i think it might be true.
Anywayz, what you guys think? Should "we" change something or are you happy with the way the things are going now?
Maybe i shouldnīt worry so much. Instead i should maybe listen to Christopher Walken when he said:
"Donīt worry, have a nectarine"