OpinionMonday, January 13, 2014
First Colón, now All Boys
Yesterday it was Santa Fe’s Colón, today it is Buenos Aires’ All Boys. They have no means to pay their players, some of whom are owed seven months salaries. We mentioned earlier that Colón should return to amateur football. All Boys should follow them.
But All Boys club president Bugallo has other ideas. He told all their players they could leave, whether on contract or not, without getting the money they are owed, of course. At the time of writing, none of the players have left and are preparing for the season’s Closing Championship starting next month. But Bugallo says the club wants to get rid of all the players with higher contracts and play the championship with young players earning less than 15,000 pesos per month — a sure way for relegation.
The players’ union has so far not said a word, perhaps after the mess they made with Colón players. It has also not said a word about Colón signing a new player after Argentine Football Association chief Julio Grondona said, at the Union’s request, that no club owing money to its players would not be allowed to sign new players. But this was probably the usual blah-blah which we are used to from Grondona who said this several times in the past but it was never done.
FIFA SAID. A year ago, FIFA , football’s international body, announced that its statistics showed that the number of foreign players in 31 leading European leagues increased to over a third (36%) and that in England, Cyprus, Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Turkey the total was more than half. Brazil remained by far the top exporting country to Europe with 515 players. This coincided with the dwindling number of players to 21% who began playing for the club as youngsters, while in Italy, Portugal and Turkey it was less than 10%. This is not good for football, but a notably exception is Manchester United who were fielding 40% of club-trained players.
That year FIFA also said that according to its international transfer register, no money changed hands in 86% of transfers which may seem strange. But 70% of players signed were free agents and others went on loan from one club to another.