The city of Milan in Italy has a population of 5 million. It is known for its financial sector and its big design firms. One of the other things this city is famous for are the two most powerful football teams in the world. They are Internazionale and AC Milan. These two teams and others like it in the Italian serie A lead to the development of the national team which won the world cup.
So it comes as a suprise when the richest country in the world, the United Arab Emirates, cannot generate a football team that can qualify to the world cup. Except in the case of England and France, a strong football team is brought about by a strong national league. With a strong national Premier league, we will be able to have one of the best teams in asia and the best in the world. I have several ideas on how to go through with this:
- Professionalism: Going ahead to make the ENTIRE UAE league a professional one. All players must be full time players. There should also be a 50/50 cap, making sure that 50% of all players in the league are Emiratis in order to develop local talent. We also need our fair share of foreign players to spice up the league.
- Commercialism: Make the UAE league a cash cow. List every single football team on the stock market, make people pay to watch the league, and reach for a wider audience with English and Arabic commentary. Sell the teams off to multibillionaire magnates, instead of making them the modern age 'camels' of excessively tribal gulf competitions. Watch them pump millions into them and turn them into highly competitive teams.
- Advertising: Make sure to advertise the league nationally and internationally. Heavy advertising on all national networks should take place. Reaching out to the expat population here should have been done ages ago.
The government has already begun implementing these steps. It is high time that our league improves and becomes rightfully the best in asia