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A BOLA – La Liga sues FIFA for extending the Club World Cup “unilaterally and without prior consultation” (Spain)

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A BOLA - La Liga sues FIFA for extending the Club World Cup "unilaterally and without prior consultation" (Spain)

The Spanish Liga (La Liga), under the chairmanship of Javier Tebas, announced this Saturday that it will sue FIFA over alleged changes to the format of the Club World Cup, which will be expanded to 32 teams from 2025 and played in Morocco in 2023, but from 2025, it changes from annual to four-year (only once every four years, as happens with national teams) for what it accuses of being “a unilateral decision that could cause irreparable damage to leagues, clubs and players”, adopted by an organization led by Gianni Infantino.

“La Liga is already considering all legal options following a unilateral decision taken by FIFA without prior notice. [aos clubes, ligas e federações] regarding the Club World Cup,” the organization said in a statement this Saturday afternoon.

The reason, they add in a note, is the schedule and the damage the changes will cause to clubs and, above all, players. “These decisions regarding international club matches could cause irreparable damage to the national leagues. [ligas]their clubs and their players,” says La Liga, caught off guard by the announcement the day before.

Here is the full statement from the organization led by Javier Tebas:

“Following the announcement on Friday 16 December by FIFA President Gianni Infantino that from 2025 there will be 32 teams in the Club World Cup and will only take place every four years, and his intention to increase the number of group games. 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup stage [de seleções]By increasing the number of meetings of each squad in each group from three to four, as originally agreed, La Liga considers:

– these decisions, taken unilaterally and without prior notice, in order to prevent the competition, with new tournaments, cause irreversible damage to the entire ecosystem of international football;

– FIFA considered only a small number of clubs and players, when in professional football there are many professional leagues, thousands of clubs and players who do not take part in these competitions. FIFA seems to have forgotten about it and only thinks of a few without measuring the impact [que as alterações terão] in professional football;

– therefore, with these measures, FIFA is also deviating from its goal: to protect the interests of the entire football ecosystem and that the balance between national and international football should take into account and promote, and not benefit from the modality as a whole;

– in view of these decisions and announced without consultation or consent of other parties directly affected by them, such as the national leagues, the clubs that bring them together and the players, La Liga therefore announces that it will take all legal action to prevent the Club World Cup in the stated format ;

– Finally, La Liga considers it completely inappropriate for FIFA to decide without any consultation or agreement with the leagues on the date of the next Club World Cup (February 1-11, 2023) [Marrocos]🇧🇷 These dates are less than two months away, which will affect domestic league calendars with fixed dates from June 2022.”

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″

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″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe's costume″

Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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