The Stupid 75% of NT games EPL rule (1 Viewer)

Jul 19, 2003
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#1
Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this has been bugging me for a bit.

The English FA has this stupid rule that states that any player coming to play for a club in England had to have played 75% of his national team's games the year before. I don't see the point and what purpose such a rule serves. I mean.....some scouts spot players that have a lot of potential but they're probably not experienced enough to have been playing in their NT's and for that reason only, that player stays buried in some poor team in a poor league where he doesn't fulfill his potential to the max.


If there's a reason for this, please share it with me. I'd like to know. Also, tell me what u guys think about this.
 
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nosubstitute959
Jul 19, 2003
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Yeah, but being in the NT doesn't necessarily mean you're quality.

For example, an Egyptian player that Bolton wanted to get, Ibrahim Saeed, he was suspended from the NT for 2 years and obviously couldn't fulfill that requirement. The result is that Bolton missed out on a young, high class midfielder that can play almost anywhere......the guy is great, but he loses out on showcasing his talents in the EPL because of that rule.
 

JuveCampione

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Sep 21, 2002
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you right. I said what is probably the reason for this stupid rule, but it's still stupid.
but how Man Utd get Cristiano Ronaldo? did he played for the national team?
 
Sep 28, 2002
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++ [ originally posted by Edgar Davids ] ++
there are two options:

1. Portugal youth national teams count
2. you wrong in what you said in post #1?

and what about Lorenzo Amoruso? :confused:
i think that youth teams count, at least that's how lithuanian guy danilevicius went to arsenal couple of years ago.

about amoruso. i am almost 100% sure that players that played for teams from england/scotland [britain] can join any team in there without any requirerments as for those from foreing leagues.
 

Roverbhoy

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Jul 31, 2002
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I may be wrong but I think the rule is actually that any NON EU player must have played 75 % of his NT games.The reason for this is that he would not get a work permit from the government to play in ANY British League, not just English.
It is therefore a government rule, not an English FA rule. This however doesn't apply to EU players (it would be against European law to bar any EU citizen from playing in a EU country)
 

Roverbhoy

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Jul 31, 2002
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#17
I think it's really an immigration issue, just like similar rules in the US

Unless they have a talent or specialism that isn't common in that profession then they can't come in. The acid test is therefore having played in 75% of the games of their NT to prove they are top professionals.

Unless they pass this test the government would see it as taking jobs away from citizens of that country who are just as good
 
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nosubstitute959
Jul 19, 2003
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I see.....the rule definintely benefits the English players, but what about the 'no restrictions' condition if a player is from the EU. It's the same exact scenario. In professional football, clubs argue with national teams all the time about players and no such rule that assures the well being of the country's national team exists. Therefore, I think the same should go for foreign player transfers.
 

Roverbhoy

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Jul 31, 2002
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I understand your argument but the EU legislators won't treat football as an exception. Their argument would be why let Brazilian footballers in but not, say, Brazilian bus drivers?

Even though the numbers of footballers arriving in Europe would be minimal I guess it's the principal that counts
 

JuveCampione

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Sep 21, 2002
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++ [ originally posted by Roverbhoy ] ++
I think it's really an immigration issue, just like similar rules in the US

Unless they have a talent or specialism that isn't common in that profession then they can't come in. The acid test is therefore having played in 75% of the games of their NT to prove they are top professionals.

Unless they pass this test the government would see it as taking jobs away from citizens of that country who are just as good
this is very stupid. you know how many excellent Brazilian players there are thet don't play in the national team at all.
 

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