As a soccer fan, ESPN Soccernet is one of the sites that I frequently visit. This site provides a good coverage on world football. However, there is one aspect that I do not like about it. When you open it for the very first time, you are greeted by this graphic user interface (GUI). By using this GUI, ESPN Soccernet claim that they will be able to know a little more about their worldwide audience. It is easy to see that the list of regions in this GUI is too selective.

Two huge land masses i.e. Africa and South America and one big footballing nation, Mexico (the hosts of the 1986 FIFA World Cup) have been left out. These regions are too huge to be neglected just like that.

Noone can dispute the fact that the contribution of the South Americans to world football, even though their economies smaller than those of EU countries, is second to none. Where do the likes of Pele, Maradona, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi etc. come from? I am sure lots of South Americans visit ESPN Soccernet in order to follow up on their soccer stars. As for Africa, there is a growing legion of talented players playing their football in Europe. Sameul Eto’o, the Cameroonian, and Didier Drogba, the Ivorian, who feature for Barcelona and Chelsea respectively can easily find their place in any team (be it national or club) in the world.

We must also remember that George Weah, the 1995 world footballer of the year is an African. Let me also point out something here. Africa is too big a continent to be neglected on world events. It is world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent after Asia. Besides that, most of the world’s gold and diamonds come from Africa.

Therefore, I would like to ask the management of ESPN Soccernet to change this GUI. I suggest that the new set of regions must be as follows (take note of my comments in brackets):

  • Europe (remove UK because she is part of Europe)
  • North America (this will now incorporate Mexico)
  • Asia
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Other (this will take care of the small islands and those browsing while in transit i.e. in air or on a ship)

I just hope that ESPN Soccernet will take heed of my free advice. If they want to pay me, it is all at their discretion 🙂 . This issue aside, ESPN Soccernet deserve kudos for the videos that I see on their website.