If you mention a team with young people as the team, you might think of the 92 Red Devils, the youth storm in Jiafu, the Monaco team in the 2016-17 season-with Mbappe and Bernard Silva , Sidibe, Mendi, Lemar, Fabinho, Bakayoko. But if you mention the five words "Youth Guards", old fans will definitely flash a group of white-clothed figures: Leeds United.
At the turn of the century, it is a very coquettish thing for the class football team to wear a uniform pirated Leeds United jersey. It will make you stand out among Real Madrid, Manchester United and AC Milan. However, a few years later, this jersey was thrown into the bottom of the box, because the glorious youth army was dragged into the financial abyss by advanced consumption, and finally fell into the British championship in 2004.
What causes white roses to bloom and fall? Manchester City, which is deeply mired in the fiscal fairness bill, will repeat the mistakes of Leeds United? Today, let's talk about the ups and downs of Leeds United over those years.
If you look through the record of Leeds United at the beginning of the Premier League, you will think this team is amazing.
In the 1991-92 season, Leeds won the league championship; the 1992-93 season, the 17th league; the 1993-94 season, the fifth league; the 1994-95 season, the fifth league; the 1995-96 season, the 13th league; 1996-97 In the season, 11th in the league.
在1991-92赛季，利兹赢得了联赛冠军。 1992-93赛季，第17联盟； 1993-94赛季，第五联赛； 1994-95赛季，第五联赛； 1995-96赛季，第13联盟； 1996-97赛季，联盟第11名。
Yes, Leeds United’s record is that Schrödinger, at the beginning of the season you don’t know if the team is trying to hit the Champions League or the British Championship this season. Seeing that the fans can't stand the bones of such a tossing, so Leeds United decided to...change the boss.
Before the 1997-98 season, Peter Rizdale took over as president of the club. Lizdale is a native of Leeds and has been a hardcore Leeds United fan since he was a child. After he came to the club, he first brought a new coach to the team-George Graham.
在1997-98赛季之前，彼得·里兹代尔（Peter Rizdale）接任俱乐部主席。利兹代尔（Lizdale）是利兹人（Leeds）的本地人，从小就一直是利兹联的忠实粉丝。来到俱乐部后，他首先为乔治·格雷厄姆（George Graham）团队带来了新教练。
About Graham, you need to understand the following background knowledge.
A. He played for Arsenal for 7 years as a player. After retiring, he coached Arsenal for nearly 9 years and led the team to win 6 championships of various types. This is the team's merit.
B. Arsenal was a traditional British team during his coaching, emphasizing tough style and physical confrontation.
C. The 1-0 doctrine he pursues is the inspiration for the song "Boggy, Boggy, Arsenal".
In short, this guy is deeply imprinted by Arsenal both as a player and as a coach. However, after coaching Leeds for a year, he made an amazing decision-quit to coach Tottenham!
Not only does he want to go, he also wants to take his assistant, David O'Reilly, who is also an Arsenal veteran. But O'Reilly said, "I have played at Arsenal for 18 years. People who live in the factory and die are the ghosts of the factory, and they can't move to Bailu Lane." After three "ah", O'Reilly said. Riley decided to stay at Elland Road Stadium and took over the coach from Leeds United.
他不仅要离开，而且还想带他的助手大卫·奥莱利（David O'Reilly），他也是阿森纳的老兵。但是奥赖利说：“我在阿森纳效力了18年。住在工厂而死的人是工厂的鬼魂，他们不能搬到白鹿巷。”在三个“ ah”之后，O'Reilly说。赖利决定留在艾兰路球场，并从利兹联接任教练。
Since Graham moved to Tottenham after a few rounds of the season, Leeds had no time to find a new coach, so choosing O'Reilly was really helpless. Originally, the club only wanted O'Reilly to be the leader of the grass team, but O'Reilly expressed with record:
"Sorry, strength is not allowed."
Many teams choose to use assistant coaches to make changes in the middle of the season. This is mainly because assistant coaches are familiar with the team situation. Temporary leadership will not bring tactical changes and personnel shuffling, which is conducive to maintaining the stability of the team during the turbulent season. . O'Reilly didn't want to be limited to the word stability. After leading the team, he did two things.
许多团队选择在赛季中使用助理教练进行更改。这主要是因为助理教练熟悉团队情况。临时领导不会带来战术上的变化和人员改组，这有利于在动荡的季节中保持团队的稳定。 。 O'Reilly不想只限于稳定一词。领导团队后，他做了两件事。
For one, he promoted more young players. 19-year-old Woodgate and 21-year-old Ian Hart became the regular starters of the team, 19-year-old Alan Smith, Harry Cowell and 20-year-old McPhail also began to appear frequently.
Second, he brought a more unrestrained style of play. Graham's defensive style of play was thrown to North London. O'Reilly positioned the core of the tactic as "If you don't accept it, do it!"
With O'Reilly's tactics of using Hasselbaink as the tactical fulcrum of others running, grabbing, and quick counterattack gradually took shape, Leeds United won the fourth place in the 1998-99 Premier League in one fell swoop. O'Reilly also tasted the sweetness in youth training and buying kids. Before the 1999-00 season, 22-year-old Danny Mills and 21-year-old Michael Bridges were also knocked out by O'Reilly. .
随着O'Reilly运用Hasselbaink作为其他人的战术支点的战术逐渐形成，抢夺和快速反击，利兹联队一举获得了1998-99英超联赛的第四名。奥赖利（O'Reilly）还品尝了青年训练和购买孩子方面的甜头。在1999-00赛季之前，22岁的Danny Mills和21岁的Michael Bridges也被O'Reilly淘汰。 。
The passion of the young people, the fearless attacking rhythm, the never giving up game style, coupled with a white dress fluttering, everyone soon joined Leeds. Leeds United's record has also begun to rise. In the 1999-00 season, they once rushed to the top of the standings halfway through, and finally got third in the Premier League and the Champions League qualification.
The civilian team, the UEFA Champions League, when the two words collide, Leeds United decided to add a wave of shopping carts.
Yes, children from the countryside have to wear good clothes to go to big cities. But Liz United was in the primitive accumulation stage that year, and the popularity, financial resources, and sponsors were not in place. What should I do if the money is not enough?
Club President Rizdale slapped his thigh: Borrow!
In the 2000-01 season, Ritzdale loaned 60 million pounds to fund the club. The team first bought Viduca and Dakot for £13.2 million in the summer, and then bought Rio Ferdinand for £18 million in the winter window. This money is enough to scratch a lottery ticket now, but what is the concept in the past?
—— Ronaldo, who had already won the World Player of Football in 1997, transferred from Barcelona to Inter Milan. The transfer fee was £22 million.
-In 2000, Figo moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid with the world's first worth. The transfer fee was 45 million pounds.
Look, this is the price at that time. And this drastic investment soon saw the money back. In the 2000-01 season, Leeds United eliminated Lazio, AC Milan and Deportivo to enter the Champions League semi-finals. Although it was ultimately defeated by Valencia, the white rose has already bloomed in the land of Europe. Young people have endless money and honor before their eyes, and the great route is about to unfold!
Under this circumstance, Chairman Rizdale certainly wants to start the model of "children give birth to grandchildren, grandchildren give birth to children, and offspring is infinite." But the new problem facing the team is: the two-line battle in the 2000-01 season made them overwhelmed, resulting in the team ranked fourth in the league at the end of the season and lost the Champions League qualification (at the time the Premier League played the Champions League).
After losing the fat, the loan has to be repaid. Now the meat in his hand is not enough to repay the loan. At this time, there are only two ways before Rizdale.
A. Tighten your belt for a year, and then recharge your energy to qualify for the Champions League.
B. While it is hot, make additional investments, double the number of investments, and continue to work harder.
Rizdale said: "I choose B."
Leeds United, die.
Before the start of the 2001-02 season, Leeds spent 18 million pounds to buy Robbie Fowler and Seth Johnson. Rizdale was originally thinking about filling the funding gap by obtaining Champions League qualification, increasing TV broadcast and sponsorship revenue, but unfortunately, Leeds United only ranked fifth in the league the following season. Once again missed the Champions League, the financial hole has become a sinkhole.
Rizdale never expected that the card debt would explode after only two years of food. If the team is insolvent, it is likely to be penalized by penalty points or even relegation, then it will be difficult for both himself and the team to stand up. So Rizdale chose the simplest and rude way of raising money-selling children.
Before the start of the 2002-03 season, Leeds United sold Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United for £30 million. Due to differences in selling people, O'Reilly was fired by Ritzdale, and the coach who took over Leeds United was former England coach Venables. However, a Ferdinand cannot do the balance sheet. In the middle of the season, Leeds United’s debt accumulated to 80 million pounds, and his eyes were on the verge of bankruptcy, so Rizdale decided to start liquidation and vomiting blood.
After the opening of the winter window, Woodgate switched to Newcastle for £9 million, and Ducote joined Rome for 4.2 million. Robbie Fowler bought a season ago and gave it to Manchester City at a discount of 6 million. England’s national gate Martin sold it for £500,000. , Bowyer gave it to West Ham United for only 300,000 pounds...
冬季窗口开放后，伍德盖特以900万英镑的价格转投纽卡斯尔，杜科特以420万英镑的价格加盟罗马。一个赛季前罗比·福勒（Robbie Fowler）买了下来，以600万美元的折扣将其卖给了曼城。英格兰的国门马丁（Martin）卖了50万英镑。 ，鲍耶（Bowyer）仅以300,000英镑的价格将其交给了西汉姆联
A spring and autumn dream suddenly awakened. Leeds United held a press conference in January 2003. Rizdale admitted that he had "failed to pursue the dream and was in debt." Two months later, the Leeds United Board of Directors decided to sweep Ritzdale out.
When Rizdale resigned, the Leeds United Club was valued at 12 million pounds, but the debt had reached 79 million pounds. The financial details announced by the club are even more painful for the fans, because buying players is not the only problem that crushes the club. A large part of their money is spent on understanding the compensation of employers’ coaches, paying players’ sky-high wages, leasing private jets, and purchasing Bought 70 cars and purchased the tropical fish in the Ritzdale office.
However, Rizdale's departure did not end Leeds United's nightmare.
In the 2003-04 season, Cowell went to Liverpool for 5 million pounds of cabbage, England's Robinson went to Tottenham for 1.5 million, and Alan Smith joined his arch rival Manchester United for 7 million. Milner, Viduka, Bambi, Mills are all With a transfer fee significantly lower than their own worth, they left one after another... In May 2004, Leeds United, which had nothing to sell, finally fell into the British Championship.
Poor-selling players-declining performance-relegation-poorer-continue to sell players, Leeds United into a vicious circle that cannot save itself. After selling out the valuable children, the team could only start selling the house, and finally sold the ownership of Elland Road Stadium and Thorp Arch Training Base for 4.2 million pounds.
球员销量低迷，业绩下降，降级，穷人继续出售球员，利兹联陷入了无法自救的恶性循环。在卖掉了有价值的孩子之后，球队只能开始卖掉房子，最后以420万英镑的价格出售了Elland Road体育场和Thorp Arch训练基地的所有权。
It took only three years for Leeds to have the talents of the Champions League’s semi-finals to be reduced to the British championship.
Even fate did not let Leeds go. In the second season after being relegated to the Premier League, Leeds United lost to Watford in the play-offs. After that, the team was deducted 10 points and dropped into League One because it still failed to pay off the debt.
Yes, money makes you rise, and money makes you destroy. Today, we still often think of those young people in white clothes. Their names are: Rio Ferdinand, Paul Robinson, Harry Cowell, Alan Smith, Mark Viduca, Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Woodgate, James Milner, Robbie Key Well, Aaron Lennon, Oliver Dakot, Fabian Delf...their average age was only 22 years old.
Today, all is left with memory. The young Liz United did not wait until the day of maturity, but was cut into pieces early and sold cheaply across the country.
Since then, there will be no more "Young Guards."
Able to make money, spend money, and it is best to have an oil dad willing to contribute is the key to maintaining a financial balance for the Premier League team. Once one of the links goes wrong, the team may be wiped out immediately.
This is also the reason why it is difficult for new giants to emerge in European football. Although some teams may have one or two years of glory due to the blowout of youth training, they do not have a large international fan base, lack a stable overseas circle money plan, and their short rise cannot immediately attract large sponsorships and core players are dug out. After leaving, they will bear the huge risk of reconstruction, and the stadium capacity is limited and they cannot sell more tickets because of their good record. All these make them lack the ability to resist risks. If you blindly expand consumption to impact the Champions League qualification, you may embark on the old road of selling children and selling houses.
And will the newly emerging Manchester City have similar risks?
The answer is yes.
——This time Manchester City violated the focus of financial fairness. Etihad Airways sponsored 65 million pounds in the 2013-14 season, but only 8 million pounds were actually paid out. The rest were made by Mansour’s Abu Dhabi Produced by the United Group itself. In the 2015-16 season, the total price of the sponsorship fee of 67.5 million pounds was still only 8 million, and the remaining 59.5 million came from the Abu Dhabi United Group. Yes, they didn't actually get that much sponsorship.
—— In 2018, a BBC survey found that some Premier League teams had falsified attendance data, of which West Ham United and Manchester City were the most motivated. In May 2018, according to Manchester police data, Manchester City will falsely report nearly 10,000 spectators in every home game in the 2017-18 season. Yes, their ticket revenue is actually not that much.
—— Last season, Manchester City’s Champions League bonus revenue reached 93 million euros, ranking sixth among all participating teams. If the European war ban comes true, then Manchester City will lose 11% of the club's total revenue in 2020. This is real money.
On November 19, 2019, Manchester City announced the 2018-19 season financial report. The financial report shows that Manchester City's total revenue for the 2018-19 fiscal year was 535 million pounds and a net profit of 10.1 million pounds. Among them, player wages accounted for 59% of the club's total income.
Once Manchester City loses this financial fairness lawsuit, and the UAE chooses not to play in angrily, then Manchester City's income next season may not even be able to pay for players.
How to balance the accounts? How to achieve fiscal fairness in the shortest time?
The answer is only-selling people.
There is nothing new under the sun.