Great Outdoors said:
I thought this discussion is with regards to how much the EU verdict has affected football, and if so, for better or for worse.
Bosman was the one who brought it to court. If he didn't, then we would never have had to put up with all these modern football-related consequences.
Bosman defended his rights as a citizen. A football player is a worker, a special worker, but a worker after all. Don't think about the mega-stars only, also about the players of lower divisions.
For example, Nacho Novo, the Rangers striker. He only played in the Spanish lower cathegories and he was brave travelling to Scotland looking for a better future and he achieved it.
I don't know why a football player should have less rights than any other worker. I don't deny that the clubs of smaller leagues lose important players, but the Bosman act has been great for the European players, for all of them, because they all have many opportunities to play football. It's not only reduced to their own countries.
The consequences of the Bosman law are good for the football players, so it is good after all. It has increased the power of the big leagues over the small ones, but it didn't change much what we had before. Before Bosman, England, Italy, Spain and Germany had ruled Europe too and they also had the best football players back then.
About losing the identity of the clubs. That depends on the own phylosophy of the club. Did Athletic Club get affected by Bosman? No, they keep playing with Basque players. Barça had a time that we had 8 or 9 Dutch players, but it was our choice, no one forced us to do it. It's true that we lost part of our identity, but it was OUR mistake, not Bosman's or EU's mistake. Now, we have more than 10 Catalan players in our squad, because we realized that this is the best choice for our club.
If the Chelsea or the Arsenal fans are mad for having so many foreigners, they should blame their owners, not Bosman. This is their choice.
So keeping the tradition of the club must be the goal of the management of that club. Barça realized that they had to invest in the youth system and we got the results. Athletic Club does it too and they have results, giving the opportunity to many young Basque players like Yeste, Iraola, Del Horno, etc.
I don't know how angry the Arsenal, Chelsea or Milan fans are for having the foreigners, but the only truth is that Bosman is not the one to blame for it. He only defended his rights.