Plenty of changes by year 2045, but Blatter still king

(FILES) A file picture taken on July 20, 2015, shows FIFA president Sepp Blatter gesturing during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's in Zurich. The ethics watchdog of scandal-tainted FIFA was locked in talks on October 7, 2015, to decide the fate of world football president Sepp Blatter as attacks on the veteran sports baron mounted. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
(FILES) A file picture taken on July 20, 2015, shows FIFA president Sepp Blatter gesturing during a press conference at the football's world body headquarter's in Zurich. The ethics watchdog of scandal-tainted FIFA was locked in talks on October 7, 2015, to decide the fate of world football president Sepp Blatter as attacks on the veteran sports baron mounted. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI FABRICE COFFRINI

IT'S Back to the Future week ... a chance for everyone to look back - and forward - and have a bit of fun with their own predictions.

So I thought I would take a light-hearted look at just where the beautiful game will be come 2045.
Whether yours truly will be here in another 30 years is another thing, but I'll have a crack at what I think might happen in the world of football.

Sadly, I think we will still not be rid of the world game's nemesis - Sepp Blatter. The Swiss businessman will be 129 come 2045 but I can see him still being in charge of FIFA thanks to the miracles of modern technology.

Some evil football dictator somehow will manage to cryogenically freeze Blatter and he will still be ruling the world's governing body from a secret bunker in the Swiss Alps.

Meanwhile, at Manchester United, Ryan Giggs will take the Red Devils to its 10th straight title after eventually taking the reins at Old Trafford, which will also be renamed as the Sir Alex Ferguson Stadium.

Giggs will spend a record $300 million on a new striker, with the whole team costing more than $1 billion.

epa04181313 Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs applauds supporters after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, Britain, 26 April 2014. ManU won 4-0. EPA/PETER POWELL DataCo terms and conditions apply. http://www.epa.eu/files/Terms%20and%20Conditions/DataCo_Terms_and_Conditions.pdf
epa04181313 Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs applauds supporters after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, Britain, 26 April 2014. ManU won 4-0. EPA/PETER POWELL DataCo terms and conditions apply. http://www.epa.eu/files/Terms%20and%20Conditions/DataCo_Terms_and_Conditions.pdf PETER POWELL

United's latest title will take it into the Champions League, which by 2045 will take in teams from outside Europe as well.

With flying cars and hover boards now the norm, the competition will have expanded to involve teams from Brazil,

Argentina and the United States and be called the World Champions League.

Domestically, the A-League will have expanded.

Teams from South-East Asia, including China, Japan and South Korea, will battle against clubs from Australia.

There will be 20 teams in the competition including ones from Darwin and Tasmania having their own sides.

Internationally, after finally getting enough money together to pay off FIFA (allegedly), Australia will host the World Cup finals for the first time.

The competition will have grown to take in double the number of teams and it will last four months.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13: Asian Cup ambassador Harry Kewell poses for a photo at Crown Metropol on December 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images for Asian Cup 2015)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 13: Asian Cup ambassador Harry Kewell poses for a photo at Crown Metropol on December 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images for Asian Cup 2015) Darrian Traynor

By 2045 Harry Kewell, who is currently coaching Watford's under-21 team, will coach the Socceroos.

Kewell, who will be 67 in 30 years, will ask the recently retired Tim Cahill, who will have just turned pensionable age (65), to make a comeback and the Socceroos hero, helped by self-lacing boots, will score a record-number of World Cup goals as Australia reaches the final in Sydney.

Sadly - and I have to do this as a born-and-bred Englishman - the Socceroos will go down in the final to a David Beckham-coached English team after extra-time and penalties.

The win will end a drought of 79 years, stretching back to England's only other World Cup win in 1966.
Oh well, we all have a dream, don't we?



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