Aren't most leagues now just feeder systems to the EPL, La Liga and Seri A?
There is new money being thrown everyone. Money is mobile these days. A Billionaire can pop anywhere and we clearly saw that. The system is now producing competitive leagues where players are paid well and competition is high. Im reffering to place like Bulgaria, Russia, Poland and Romania. These places, only 10 years ago, were nothing to look at. Today they have money and owners who are ready to take football to a whole new dimension.
My point was the if the cypriots can build a competative league, why can't we. (The 5 max foriegner rule is one big minus, Apoel started only 2 cyproits in their game vs chelsea). Shahar spent nothing on this team, and earned a hefty payday from UEFA. They appear to be in the same spot for next year (qualification through the champions qualifier group, playing the champions of the weaker UEFA nations).
You can not tell me that Haifa can not invest in one established foreigner to help this team improve.
Cyprus is a EU country. It is not affected by the Bosman ruling. Cypricot players have 3 levels of play...a mediocre player can compete in the top league in Cyprus, where a more dynamic player can participate in Cyprus or go to Greece. Their superstars are sent to Europe without any problems.
Im not saying for Israel to abandon the foreigners quota, but when you wanna compete with top teams and make your football better, what choice do you have. In the end of the day, football is football....
How do you think Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C did so well? Israeli players? Some...Foreigners...for sure!