When was football's golden age?

Discussion in 'UEFA and Europe' started by Krokko, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Krokko

    Krokko Member

    Nov 16, 2011
    AIK Solna
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    As simple as that: when was the game at its zenith? Considering the quality of World Cups and other nat'l and intl competitions, number of great players and teams, absence of corruption etc?
  2. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    AS Roma
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    United States
    My favourite personally is the 32 team World Cup era.
  3. LoveModernFootball

    LoveModernFootball New Member

    Oct 14, 2011
    The true golden age is yet to come. It will happen as soon as the European Super League is formed.
  4. tudobem62014

    tudobem62014 Member+

    Feb 26, 2014
    FC Barcelona
    Still to come. Needs more parity especially for international competitions.
  5. Cyclonis

    Cyclonis Forza Juve

    Jul 12, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Juventus FC
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    In the 70's and 80's
  6. Boloni86

    Boloni86 Member+

    Jun 7, 2000
    DC United
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    Many people will point to their childhoods, when the game was perhaps more simple and pure. For me that would be the Van Basten - Maradona era. Or from a Romania fan POV, the Hagi - Lacatus era. But in reality the game has no golden era as long as new generations are picking up the ball and playing, attending live matches and watching on TV. Every time someone new falls in love with the game becomes the golden era for that person. Years from now many people will look back at this current era we are living now with fondness and nostalgia.
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  7. delandis

    delandis Member

    May 18, 2016
    Agreed. For me it was Eto'o, Michael Owen, Henry, Van Nistelrooy, and Ronaldinho.

    I mean I still thoroughly enjoy the game, but those guys and other greats of the late 90's and early 2000's are MY golden age.

    I can't tell you how many YouTube hours have been dedicated to watching those guys at their peaks.
  8. Gilbertsson

    Gilbertsson Member+

    Apr 1, 2012
    Toronto Croatia
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    #8 Gilbertsson, Jan 29, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
    1980'S and 1990'S.

    Hosts were true football countries. Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, Italy 1990, France 1998. Now we have "popularisation" of football.

    1970'S were the bridge for the Golden Age with Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina.

    In the 21st century I can't remember anything that had very high attention, hosts are on the stadiums which have never experienced any type of football history. Battles of architects and constructors, sponsored fan girls who don't know who actually plays. Global clubs and companies create everything. Football went far from football fans, became more distant. You need special TV arrangements so that you can watch top national leagues. Before 25-30 years, every national TV station made broadcasts with quality guests who could really elaborate every game aspect. In comments today, I notice usual phrases which became wider.

    In 20, 30 years, we can expect one large artificial island in one of the three oceans so that they can play the World Cup. Host will be: The World with the slogan: From The World To The People.:D
  9. AlbertCamus

    AlbertCamus Member+

    Colorado Rapids
    Sep 2, 2005
    Colorado, USA
    Colorado Rapids
    When the Colorado Rapids won the MLS cup in 2010! Seriously, maybe the 90's when the stadiums were safe but tickets were still affordable and hooliganism and racism was being stamped out but atmosphere's were still really good? Just nostalgia no doubt.
  10. +PL+

    +PL+ BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jun 22, 2015
    Manchester United FC
    70s as I hear from old fans and 2000s-2010s in my opinion.
  11. Daei_10

    Daei_10 Member+

    Aug 22, 2007
    LA, California
    Juventus FC
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    United States
    Clearly the 90s....right before money and commercialization took over
  12. Oddo26

    Oddo26 Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    New York City
    Newcastle United FC
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    In terms of allowing more teams to participate it's 1998 to today and probably will be the future. In terms of quality, the 30's to 50's for sure. You'll notice goal averages dropped off drastically in this era. One thing that's not mentioned is that soccer was more popular than football and maybe baseball in the early 20th century in the US and that soccer losing popularity actually had a lot to do with the game getting worse. The 0-0 sterotype didn't use to exist. Today if a world cup averaged three goals a game that would be historic prior to 1962, 3.6 was the lowest. The 5-3-2 heavily favored offense and these new formations resulted in lower scores. 5 strikers taking on 2 defenders changing to 1-2 strikers taking on 4-5 defenders changes everything and the product is much harder to watch with your typical team as opposed to the Belgians who were putting three men forward. A lot of people complain we're just not appreciating the creativity or the tactics of whatever as if this is how it's always been and it's just not more boring than it had been in the past. Baseball had a period in the early 20th century called the "Dead Ball era" where stats were very bad and getting like 15-20 home runs in a year was an incredible achievement and it's called for what it is, a more boring period. This is why the goal records of Puskas's and Pele's for international play were so hard to touch and they're only getting approached now because longevity is making up for the difference while those guys were done scoring on the international scene by their 30's.

    Also look at past WC rosters, almost every team had all or close to all domestic players. An occasional transformative talent went to play overseas but generally an international team was a domestic league's all star team and by all those measures these leagues were pretty good. Now anyone who's any good outside of England, Spain Germany, Italy and maybe France goes overseas to those leagues with the result being most of the world's domestic league's being terrible. People always complain about not supporting your local club and watching EPL and La Liga but one's got to ask the question if a country's players do it, why is not ok for their fans to do it? So in the past soccer seemed to be good all over the world and the world cup seemed to be a reflection of this now the world cup is basically power league all star games with each country having a handful of players on that scene with the best ones having more than a handful.
  13. SF19

    SF19 Member

    Jun 8, 2013
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    The period when the big commercial changes were only just beginning to happen as a result of the bigger and bigger TV contracts and the Bosman ruling came into effect. Between early-90s to about 2001. Football finally felt like a truly global sport, not just a South American and European sport.

    Now football is all about money, but back then clubs were still producing a lot of local talent and playing for local pride. They weren't just concerned with signing ready-made foreign footballers and were limited to three signings of that kind. They made real investments in local talent. They had teams where most of the team was local or at least from the same country. Slowly sponsors started to appear on the front of jerseys. Players began to see their names on the back of their jerseys.

    There was a little more innocence to when this first started and the beginning it was great, but now that innocence is completely gone. The balance is gone. The jerseys are too expensive. Tickets are too expensive. We're lucky if teams have even one local talent on the team. Clubs no longer have the same identity. Almost every national team has a Brazilian.

    There's too much money in modern football and the signs were there by the late 90s. How can someone like Neymar who kicks a ball around be worth a quarter billion euros? That right underscores something is very wrong with modern football. I thought it was crazy when Veron, Vieri, and Denilson were selling for 40 million, which only was in the late 90s! Players are now going for double, triple those rates. It's out of control.
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  14. Domlare

    Domlare New Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    The Golden age was playing in the backyard as a kid, with no shoes on in the mud. now that was the golden age ;)

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