Star-studded friendlies are not such a bad idea

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Let’s face it, this has been one of, if not the worst A-League Men seasons in recent memory.

A lack of fanfare, dismal crowds, a flailing Socceroos and major media disengagement has seen the domestic competition overtaken by the likes of the National Basketball League and AFLW.

It marks a crucial off-season for all involved to come together and fix some of the major issues that continue to plague the sport.

Most importantly, we need eyes on the sport, and we need those eyes to continue being on the sport.

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That’s why organising some of the biggest superstars in world football to play in Australia must be seen as a positive.

The list of teams coming over the next few months is extensive.

Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Celtic, Barcelona, Brazil and Argentina have all been confirmed, whilst Sporting CP, Leeds and Aston Villa are rumoured to be heading Down Under as well.

Diehard A-League fans are the ones most against the idea. ‘Eurosnobs’ as they are coined are the antithesis of all domestic football fans in this country.

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Those that would rather stay up until 3am or spend thousands of dollars traveling across the world to watch a team in which they likely have no geographical connection to.

For many, these people are seen as the problem. There have long been attempts to convert them into ALM fans, but evidently – based on crowd figures – it has proved to be unfruitful.

However, given the current plight of the Australian footballing landscape, now is as important a time as ever to get on board as many new fans as possible.

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One thing is for sure. When Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United play against Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace in July, there will be 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and millions more watching from home.

The same can be said for the June friendly between Neymar’s Brazil and Lionel Messi’s Argentina, which will also be held at the MCG.

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However, the most important fixture remains to be the A-League All-Stars against Barcelona on May 25.

It’s controversial timing because the ALM grand final – the most prestigious event on the domestic football calendar – will be held just three days later.

The league’s best players from the two best squads won’t be able to play against the Spanish superstars.

Secondly, will it take away attention from the league’s biggest showcase, in a season which has already struggled to attract and maintain attention from the masses?

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In short, the answer is no.

In a midweek timeslot devoid of sporting competition, the game will attract 80,000 to Sydney’s Accor Stadium, and hopefully millions more viewers on televisions around the country.

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It provides an opportunity to show off the league’s quality in front of a big audience, and advertise the grand final which will be fresh in the mind being only a few days later.

The grand final is the one game of the season guaranteed to sell-out and provide for a great atmosphere. If you can turn people onto watching that game then you never know, they may just be more inclined to tune back in the following season.

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We may have seen similar tactics used in the past, but the mid-week effect of international superstars only a few days before the grand final could be the genius move we’ve been waiting for.

As a football community, this is the sort of ingenuity that should be applauded rather than looked down upon.

Worst case scenario it doesn’t work.

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But at this stage, it’s worth trying just about anything.

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Dillon Izon
Dillon Izon
Marketing graduate at Monash University. Sports addicted, fan of Manchester United and Melbourne City. My gran “knows” Gareth Bale.

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