No more fairy tales – what Brexit means for English clubs – football

Commenting on political issues in England as a foreigner can be a risky undertaking – but that has never stopped Jürgen Klopp from expressing his aversion to the Brexi to manifest.

The German trainer of the FC Liverpool once again thought out loud about the UK’s exit from the European Union: “I’m still waiting for someone to give me the first benefit of the Brexi explained. What is really improving? Maybe I didn’t read it because I’m too into soccer, but I don’t remember much to be honest “ he said.

Whether Brexit will really bring any improvements, and if so, which ones – that remains to be seen. But at least its effects on football can be well outlined recently. Because the English association FA and the Premier League agreed in early December on the framework for transfers of players from the I after this Brexi.

New points system introduced for foreigners

This agreement must be considered a success, because the two organizations have fundamentally conflicting interests. While the association den I-Want to use the exit to promote the local youth and improve the poor record of the English national team at World and European Championships, the league wants to continue to do what its unprecedented wealth has brought: sign the best players from abroad.

That is also in the aftermathBrexiWorld possible. But: Footballers from the European Union will need a work permit in the future if they want to work in the United Kingdom – as has been the case for players from non-I-States was considered. Established national players and professionals from the best leagues on the continent will get them quite easily. In the new points system that the association and the league have decided, you can easily reach the 15 points that are necessary for moving to the island.

This is based on the quality of the league from which the players come and the number of international matches and appearances in international competitions. The transfers from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to FC Chelsea would have been possible under the new rules. It becomes more difficult for professionals from smaller football nations such as Scandinavian or Eastern European countries.

Closing contracts becomes more difficult

English clubs could also face problems with innovative personnel policies in the future. There are two examples here: Huddersfield Town and Norwich City made it to the ascent with the coaches David Wagner and Daniel Farke, who were largely unknown in England to date, and many moderately prominent players from Germany Premier League.

Under the new conditions, the clubs could not have signed many of their professionals. Wagner and Farke, who previously worked for Borussia Dortmund’s second team, would not have received a work permit in the United Kingdom either.

For the import of young footballers, the I-Exit also brings significant changes. English clubs will in future only be allowed to sign a maximum of three foreign players under the age of 21 per transfer window. The obligation of players under the age of 18 is now completely forbidden. What the FA happy because so supposedly the English offspring have better chances of advancement, means for young people from abroad that they dream of a move to one of the respected Premier-League-Academies must be buried.

Cesc Fàbregas (left Barcelona in 2003 at the age of 16 to join the FC Arsenal) as an example of a career that is now the Brexi would fall victim. Even the future German national player Robert Huth would not have had that as a youth FC Chelsea can connect.

Cooperation with associations from the EU

Nevertheless, the Premier League find solutions so that the influx of European talent does not stop. Some English clubs are already cooperating with clubs in the I. Manchester City for example owns over the worldwide network of City Football Group including the Belgian representative Lommel SK and is on FC Girona from Spain involved. Such connections are likely to increase, because the calculation behind them is obvious: clubs from the Premier League could park talents with their partners and bring them to the island after their 18th birthday.

But it is also conceivable that other leagues will benefit from the transfer ban for young people, for example the Bundesliga, which already has an excellent reputation as a training and further education facility. An unnamed Bundesliga official recently joked on the portal “The Athletic”: “Half of the French U17s are already in line with us.”


Stand: 14.01.2021, 07:00

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