Containing talent in one region, for a club to use, is the antithesis to modern football globalization. In some romantic way, filling up your talent pool, with regional talent, is a source of pride. Would it be economically prudent? Are the resources (players) available to develop in the region? The consistency of talent might not always be there for clubs of a specific region to use. They could go the way of Mexico and hope a talented generation of players breaks through the youth structure. Chivas de Guadalajara and Athletic Bilbao are two such clubs that keep foreigners away through club policy.
The former expands its net as far away as the countries borders, while the latter defines its limit to the Basque region of Spain. Does culture translate into football? It might be efficient to have players speak the same language, share regional ties, and be tied to the history of the land. If you stop and think, a lot of what we think and do is tied geographically. It’s in our nature to insulate ourselves in our local communities, yet keep our minds global by watching the news or traveling. Football falls into this way of thinking. Both examples are moving contradictions that can tip to much to one side. This brings about an extreme that unlocks many pros and cons for these clubs to play with.
Scouting across multiple countries increases the odds of bringing in more diversifying talent. It may bot always bring in successful talent that can be use on an every time basis, but that is why you play the odds. A good youth program paired with decent scouting can compete for a season or two in their respective leagues before they are stripped by the bigger funded clubs. It is in good nature to say that these better funded clubs also have robust scouting networks. This brings the question, are multimillion dollar injections good? Do they benefit the game? The crux of sport is winning. Competition brings out the primal in us. Some would say the answer in yes if you want to win trophies. Manchester City and Chelsea are examples of clubs who receive multimillion dollar injections. They will be leveling out into stability in the upcoming years. The other extreme would be Valencia trying to find a rich investor or investors to take over the club.
On the flip side a local talent pool forces you to strategically allocate sources due to artificial limitations. It breeds a familiarity among local football youth teams and would be players to the club. This also creates a sense of community between fans and club. The region is being represented. The people are being represented. A sense of pride prevails. That one boy who dreams of one day breaking into the first team can whip the crowd into a frenzy over a game winning goal. Does it turn into success? Does the team win anything? If I take the case of Athletic Bilbao, the answer would be no. Athletic Bilbao have made it to the Copa del Rey and the Europa League cup finals, but a trophy to show for it does not exist. Many factors play into a club’s trophy season. Scouting talent is one of the many bricks making up the wall.
- Chivas de Guadalajara is a Mexican Club
- Athletic Bilbao/Valencia are Spanish Clubs
- Manchester City and Chelsea are English Clubs