I'd say football is in a tiny crisis. Footballers are overpaid, outside of Ronaldinho, there is no 'great' player in the world and even Ronaldinho cannot be considered in the same League as Puskas, Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona etc.
Zidane is on his way down very fast and Ronaldo, Shevchenko, Rooney, Van Nistelrooy, Henry etc are top class, but not 'greats'
Players are overpaid and overplayed. More games = less quality because these players aren't fit enough and spend half their lives supping ale in some nightclub in which they get into fights.
I posted this in the footie thread:
I think if anything happens tonight, UEFA MUST act.
Flares must not be allowed into any stadium OR the clubs WILL be punished. None of this 'Oh we can't control what fans do' rubbish.
Plain and simple - ANY violence inside stadiums, the clubs MUST be punished.
Any violence clearly related to the football in town/city areas, the clubs MUST be punished.
After last night, Inter must be thrown out of Europe for 2 seasons. If it persists in tonights match, then ALL Italian clubs must be kicked out of Europe for 2 seasons until they can learn to behave.
It's hard on the true fans as these thugs are NOT football fans. Football fans support their team, not hinder it.