Andrew Clarke con World soccer : 75 players to watch Mario Cortez (English Edition)
This is the second edition of World Soccer to be
published during the 2013-14 European season – and we
still don’t know where Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney
will be playing when the Champions League group
stage kicks off in mid-September.
Bale and Rooney have not been included in our
Players to Watch (page 47),
for obvious reasons. While
the length of the summer
transfer window is a minor
inconvenience for the
production schedule of a
monthly magazine, the wider
issue needs to be addressed.
The window was originally
conceived to bring transfers in
line with UEFA’s competition
deadlines. But it has succeeded
only in boosting the bank
balances of agents, while unsettling most clubs.
The sensible thing to do would be to limit the
window to the month of July, or even a fortnight within
July, thereby allowing clubs to kick off the league
season at the start of August with settled squads, and
everyone else with their sanity intact.
Bale or no Bale, we will
publish our guide to
the Champions League
next month. As always,
it will also be available
in digital format
(right). See you then