(P.S:The Chinese text in the title says - "Beijing Guoan confirmed as the 12th team of S.League")
The logo of Beijing Guoan FC (picture credit : Wikipedia)
The dust had settled as it was declared CSL club Beijing Guoan will join Etoile FC as the debutantes for Season 2010, which is scheduled to kick off on 1st February.
Unfortunately, the league authority stood by that “foreign team will bring in flavour and lift the playing standard (although, it wasn't the case all the time except for Albirex's first season and Super Reds' 2008 season)” theory that much to the fans' dismay, who are clamouring for more local flavour in the Singapore's only professional sporting league, as the last slot was given to the team based in the Chinese capital.
I am aware of the news that it is not being well-received by a lot of fans out there because of the less-than-desirable image of Chinese-based clubs, but the decision is FINAL and time shouldn't be wasted on debate or justify these teams' inclusion.
Don't get me wrong if I sounded "pro-management". I, too, disappointed with the decision to not allow Super Reds to complete as a "local" club, as many jobless local players, who were offloaded by their former clubs during the end of last year, are pinning their hopes for career revival should this formerly Korean-based club given the "go-ahead" (it was reported as many as 200 players turned up at their selection trial in late last year).
Since the decision is made, life just have to be carried on and quoted what TODAY's sports editor Leonard Thomas (not Thomson as shown earlier by mistake, my apology) mentioned in his column (TODAY: Fans won't appreciate lack of professionalism-dated 13th January 2010)days ago.
If they do get the green light, the clubs (Etoile and Beijing) will have to work even harder to convince the people in their respective catchment areas to come out and back them.”Not only the mentioned teams, but also the decision-makers who have to justify their decision and convince those disillusioned common folks out there – WHY are we continue this process?
Unless, it's part of the routine already to have this swapping and changing of clubs at this time of every year.