Interesting article about the success cycles by nation. Coincidentally, Arsenal's last run of success coincided with the French team's best period since that was Arsenal's main recruiting ground. But it's also not merely a chornological cycle, after the German "failures" in WCs 1994 and 1998 (QF finish only), Ze Germans revamped their youth program completely.The relative strength of European leagues is obviously variable, but it's even more cyclical than one might expect. Judging solely from UEFA's coefficient scores over the past half-century, Europe's best league has rotated with impressive regularity: Spain dominated the 1960s, the Football League the 1970s, the Bundesliga the 1980s and Serie A the 1990s. From 2000, the pattern appears to starting again -- La Liga had an eight-year spell as Europe's top league, before giving way to the Premier League. If the repeat is to continue, the Bundesliga's turn is next. It's already starting to make strides up the coefficient table -- Germany started the season with seven sides in European competition, and none have been eliminated. They're the only country, from 53 of UEFA's member nations, with a 100 percent record.
In contrast today, Germany has over 35,000 UEFA "A" coaches while the US had only about 1,200 "A"-license coaches in the mid 90s. Even if each state had a hundred (a very generous estimate), that's still only 5,000 top-level licensed coaches. And we're not even counting entry level coaches. They could easily have 100,000 qualified coaches for 81 million people.