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Lagerback is worried about the development of football: "For me, there is little imagination when young players can earn 100 million per year

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Ljubljana: The apartment complex keeps one side of the sports park Domžale, a little north of the capital of Slovenia.

On the opposite side of the football stadium, you see the road to which cars are passing. No courts have any courts. And on one side of the side stand is so short that you can see more roofs.

Lagerback walks around the lawn and talks a bit with the trainers. About 30 meters, the players are warming up.

Then the national team went on a training session on Wednesday – after two days in an even tougher arena.

Friday, the match of the League of Nations against Slovenia, will be played at Stožice Stadium a few kilometers away.

It's a little like this, it reminds me of the spinel football penguins. About powerful agencies, manipulated sponsorship agreements and clubs that grow so much that they no longer want to play with the rest of the football world.

But Lagerbach knows development. He is worried about where the sport is on the road.

"What can disturb me is that there's a lot of money in circulation. I think it's important that people who are qualified and do good things earn money. But I'm a little imagined when paying a billion for one player, and young players can earn 100 million crowns per year.

"In general, I think that's not good, and I do not think football is worth anything in the long run," says Lagerback.

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Threat of Superlike

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This has resulted in numerous problems that describe the power of the game in the football scene. Among other things, it was determined that a proposal was proposed to form a European Super League with the largest and most powerful football clubs.

How close is the proposal to be implemented is uncertain, but emphasizes the trend in which the richer becomes richer. Class division increases.

Breaking into your own superposition has long been used as the ammunition of the biggest clubs. The last time in 2016, when there were changes in the Champions League. Then the way for the tournament became shorter for teams in big leagues – and longer for teams like Rosenborg.

"You know in advance that there are no more than four to six teams that can win in the Champions League, which is how much money is. If not, it's a surprising team, but this has not happened in recent years," says Lagerback.

– We're going to the US system

He thinks the development is "sin".

"In part, UEFA (European Football Association) has contributed to making the Champions League's door even narrower for smaller teams. It is increasingly against the US system." "It's a lot of money," says Lagerback.

The American system is about closed leagues to which you can be called, but not going down. Lagerback is afraid that football will finally end up there.

"I prefer the system today. As a football enthusiast, I think it's much more interesting.

– Why?

"It would certainly be a commercially successful project, but I think it will reduce interest in other football tournaments, and this will be a lot of money. It's better for me to control the football world in a different way than to get a league that has all the top football.

Impact of agents

Lagerback was a team manager since 2000. In the same period there was an explosion of football-related revenues. However, the 70-year-old claims that he does not notice any big differences between players now and now.

"And in Sweden, Iceland and now in Norway, this is something that players are raised in the Nordic sports. They are very professional and loyal when they come home, and I noticed a very small difference there, but it is more noticeable that younger players are on The way forward and choosing for your career.

– Agency and money have grown, and unfortunately many players decide to leave early or go to clubs where they disappear into the scene when they fail. In that case, agents and money had a negative impact.

– He can never compete economically

The difference between the richest clubs in Norway and the richest in the world is increasing every year. It seems unimaginable that we will ever experience Rosenborg's long-standing European adventures during the nineties and twenties.

– How will Norway face this development?

"If you're looking at a national team, you can not buy and collect top players in the world, and the last championship shows that small countries can look for it, and then the advantage is that the borders are open." "Since we do not have players in good leagues, chances are small, Lagerback starts.

Then comes the theory of what to do.

"We can never compete economically," he said, "what we have to do is to develop ourselves as good trainers and to be good at developing players." The more you get abroad, the better for the national team. This increases the chance of coming to the European League or at least the Champions League.

Lagerback's warning

Lagerback believes that one thing can prevent proper development.

– Unfortunately, although in a micro perspective, compared to large countries, I think they might lose some basic activities in clubs and federations. There is a lot about commercial and media, and sport may not always have the highest priority.

"I think it is very important to influence our decision-makers, so we always remember that our core business is on the run. Everything we do must be a priority in order to be as good as possible.

Friday, "From the track" on Slovenia – and the first place in the League of National League.

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