Sociedad - Getafe 1 1.75
Kallithea - OFI Crete 2 1.55
Bournemouth - West Br. 1 1.90
Man. Utd - Brighton 1/1 1.83
Sturm Graz - Altach 2 6.50
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UEFA ranking ...

02.12.2017 13:21 - Leader

No one doubts the fact that the Greek Championship does not belong to the first speed of Europe and that overall the football played in our country has only to improve, in the interest of the football player, the financial health of the clubs and the promotion of players who can to bring revenue to their teams before they are key parts of their "trunk" and help them record remarkable attendances at UEFA European competitions. The transition from the amateur football season to the 1979-80 season (supposedly) laid the foundations for the organization of clubs and the league on foreign standards, which were always some meters (or miles) ahead. The evolution of the First National, as we knew it in 2007, in the Superleague created a cooperative of entrepreneurs who, more methodically than ever, and with a look at international developments (again supposedly) were called upon to form an attractive and exportable product, racing.

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The way this could be done is unknown. More accurately, it is known, but only if one notices, both the top European championships and those conducted in conditions similar to the Greek ones. The Superleague will never become Premier League or La Liga, not even Ligue 1. But this is not a question, as no one would feel disappointed if he saw the Greek football be able to "look" on it, respectively, in numbers with them , in front of which is the Dutch Eredivisie, the Primeira Liga of Portugal, and even the Pro League of Belgium. In a cause-and-effect relationship, it would bring successes at the level of national teams and clubs, precisely because they would have been the basis. Conversely, there would be the foundations that no remarkable European course of Olympiacos, Panathinaikos or Ethniki would be a "flare" but a result of organized work, infrastructure, interest and commercial development. In addition, the "eye" would look even higher than a qualification at the 16th or the finals of a World Cup, respectively, as Benfica reaches the same stage in the Champions League and is considered normal or Ajax in the final of the Europa League and no one ... shocked.

The purpose of this research is not to deal with the reasons why the totally old-fashioned and disheveled Greek football can not systematically bump into any league of the 10-12 European countries that occupy the corresponding positions in the UEFA ranking. She is dealing with something simpler and more accurate with one of the problems that have plagued her in recent years. The empty stadiums, in which the interest of the competitions is reflected, the connection of the fans with their team, the sufficiency in facilities and stadiums, the robustness of the clubs, the systematic effort or their lagging behind to make something that many people will see , those who do not "punish" their team with episodes and games behind closed doors and are happy to see matches between powerful traditional opponents who do not falter, are not degraded due to debts and do not keep an economic column in their reports.

The time period for the collection and presentation of data is limited to the first 10 races of the year, from the 2009/10 season to the year. The figures come from the Superleague Sourotian official site, while in an ironic reflection of the substance of those examined, the first season of the championship under the aegis of the cooperative is not available, ie 2006/07, 2007/08 and in 2008/09. Interestingly, the first element of the survey is what everyone thinks about the game sector: "tickets". There are differences between the years, since initially there was no same number of teams in each season. Of course, there are other data with 18 and other with 16 groups. At the same time, it is assumed that the current data compared with 2009 and 2010 is currently under consideration due to the economic crisis, which obviously influenced football, regardless of whether ticket prices have fallen sharply, especially those of the duration.

First of all, the board with tickets per season shows that, with the exception of two seasons (2013/14 and 2015/16), each year drops over the previous one. In the 2013/14 season AEK was downgraded to the Football League 2 and the League decided to increase the teams in the championship by two, reaching 18. This explains the fact that the fall was held for the fifth consecutive year. Similarly, the promotion of the Union to the Superleague in the 2015/16 season increased interest and raised the numbers.

Another feature of reduced ticket demand for a Superleague race recorded in recent years is the reduced average of fans who visit her stadiums. Of the 7,648 of the 2009/10 season, the number was constantly decreasing by 2015/16 (5,076) to "dump" this year to 3,746. The divider obviously does not include the PAOK games, which have not played in open Toumba this season, as well as the first two games of AEK in OAKA.

This season, AEK and PAOK started having their punished seat for many races, which undoubtedly contributed to the number of tickets. Obviously the 11 closed-pot matches in the first 10 games are a record of the season we are considering, while it is typical that in the previous eight seasons together, the corresponding number reached 12! At the same time, the number opens up the big talk if the punishment of the headquarters has the desired effects of fighting violence, on the other hand if it is the right way, since it removes from the courts a world that has nothing to do with episodes and riots and simply lacks of his right to watch his team because of the unknowns. Furthermore, empty platforms further exacerbate the product, making what's happening in the racing even more insignificant.

It's hard to tell about this, but how else would you describe a court that hosts fewer than 1,000 spectators in a first-class match? The five Matches in the first 10 races of the 2009/10 season were 23 in the 2014/15 season! Already for this year we have reached 16 and the future is glowing. Again in this statistic obviously have not been counted the competitions that were held without fans. Besides, in a second phase, one can easily ask about the reasons for filling the stadiums, when the "marathon" process is missing the big teams and the weak or indifferent.

A typical example is Niki Volou of the 2014/15 season, which since the 11th game has stopped struggling because of its administrative instability and financial problems. Correspondingly, Doxa Drama, who was downgraded last in the 2011-12 season, cutting a total of 10,151 tickets into 15 games, averaging the disappointing number of 677 per game ...

On the other hand, who doubts that AEK was absent in the years 2013-2015? Is the championship the same without Mars, OPHI, Hercules or AEL when it was absent? Can one imagine the Superleague without Panathinaikos, as does NOVA, preparing for any event? The results of the lack of many, strong and historic teams, as well as the absence of modern stadiums that could accommodate the big derby, at least among the teams of the informal "Big-4", we see this season. In 2009/10 in the first 10 games, 9 games of "high interest" were given, either inside or outside the opening derby. Last year and this year only 4 ...

The diagram below shows the number of derbys in the time we are examining. The match between Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, PAOK and Aris, as well as the races of Hercules in Kaftanzoglion, are taking place in the category. The opposite, that is, the out-of-home matches of Hercules in the seats of the above were not taken into account, since they do not significantly affect the number of tickets in their stadiums. The numbers show a rise this season, since many games in the back door, especially AEK and PAOK, have definitely lost tickets. Even if the fall is overthrown, the situation in Greek football remains the same.

No matter what the facts look at, it will find, far from coloring and fanaticism, that it is probably the "Columbus egg". The stadiums are empty because the spectacle offered is unrelated to the price at which it is offered if it is considered that the visit to the stadium is a means of entertainment, such as going to a café, a bar, a restaurant or a cinema. If one considers that football is a social issue that overcomes the significance of the above or even differs from them, again, the lack of interest on the part of the Greek fans is the fact that what happens in the grass is cut off from the pit, corrupt, of poor quality, marked by violence and hooliganism of supporters and agents, not at all dramatic or agonizing, hence incurable and "stuck".

In any case, the reality presented by only one aspect, the apparent decline in tickets that are "cut off" in Greek stadiums, has specific coordinates: The constant devaluation of the product, the economic crisis that "swept" companies that should be organized and "insured" and the traditional inability to regulate football in professional, European standards, away from the pathogens that bring any government in a position of responsibility as to how to "lay" the table played by the millionaire ball and redevelopment committees called to play 'hard' against a self-governing EPA, explains the empty stands and explains them. And the worst, unfortunately, everything seems to come ...


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