|The lesser seen Football Vase .|
However, the problems with preseason friendlies are all too clear. You only get to see the first team in full effect for the first half (no one wants to get too tired or get an injury) and there is nothing truly on the line to bring out the competitive side of a players! However, last summer Southampton ran a slightly different pre-season friendly. The club invited Athletic Bilbao (Spain), Werder Bremen (Germany) to St Mary's where each team took on the other two (three games total) in a games lasting just 45 minute. They did it again this last weekend with Arsenal and Anderlecht.
The Pozzo Vase (it would be a glass vase as you don't get much glassware in football) would be an annual preseason celebration between the clubs in the Pozzo family - Watford, Udinese and Granada. Each year the location of the tournament would rotate between each club/country and it would bring together fans from the teams in the Pozzo football family where they can bond and create new friendships.
With a Vase at stake there's a guaranteed competitive edge to the games and fans are bound to get their monies worth - especially if they have travelled from another land. And of course there will be the added incentive of showing off in front of the Godfather who would present the cup to the team with the best record in their two games. It will give squads their annual away trip for team building and every 3rd year they can make a trip somewhere different!
I've been known to come up with a silly idea or two, but the Pozzo Vase can only be a fantastic thing for fans from every club!
- Rookery Jon
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