26 February, 2012

And I Say Good Day to You, Sir

Sorry, been enjoying the lovely beaches and women here in the US Virgin Islands for the last few days, and posting will be spotty for a few more till I get back...

There was talk of UEFA clubs being very upset with FIFA about 6 months ago. The crux was that players were being called up way too often for club liking and then, when injured, the clubs were not compensated well enough.

Now, the argument may seem kind of petty but realize this, FIFA teams aren't in it for the money, only those running it are. Clubs, are in it for the money, and spend serious cash on players, facilities and whatnot. They view the International call-ups to be a reward, which I whole-heartedly agree with in view.

So, March th, FIFA has a scheduled meeting with club presidents, of which, the European Club Association and it's Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Ruminegge, represent 200 or so clubs. They are still voicing their issues with FIFA and the call ups and are instead vocalizing that they will boycott the meetings which setup a schedule for the 2015-2022 WC window.

Instead, they are planning a meeting on Monday in which they will forward their suggestions of how the player call-ups will go and a proposed schedule.

If you remember, there was talk of UEFA region clubs actually splitting of from FIFA and forming their own federation that seemed to flounder, but should FIFA just be too greedy for their own good, see that it might come up again, as this truly is a battle between who should make money, clubs, or FIFA.


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