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The fight for money and rights at FIFA

FIFA is facing an internal cold war when a division of power and corruption allegations occur.

Former FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke and PSG Club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi have been indicted in Switzerland for alleged corruption. The Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) said both were charged “in connection with giving broadcast rights and communication to World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments”. Al-Khelaifi, who is also the owner of Qatar’s BeIN Sports TV channel, is suspected of giving inappropriate gifts to Valcke, including a 7 million euro mansion in Italy, to ensure the delivery rights waves for big events.

Inside FIFA began to show signs of division in March last year when it decided to approve the expansion of the Club World Cup from 7 to 24 teams in 2021 hosted by China. Despite the fierce response of the European Football Federation (UEFA) and the top continental clubs, FIFA President Gianni Infantino still adopted the expanded World Cup Club with a scenario of a lot of money for each club. Participants are sure to pocket 50 million euros, not including the huge prize money through each round. In the Champions League last season, the championship team Liverpool received a total of more than 100 million euros, a record number.

After UEFA, it was the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) who criticized FIFA. The leaders of UEFA and CONMEBOL (the two federations with the strongest financial resources) openly denounce FIFA’s direct contact with the clubs without regard for them.

“I am not happy with FIFA having a private approach with our clubs. This is like we have no responsibility”, emphasized CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez. Meanwhile, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin pointed out that the expanded Club World Cup will ruin the nature of football by only running to enrich FIFA, affecting their schedules, interests and power; reduces the attractiveness of the top European leagues (Champions League, Europa League).


The civil war began to heat up when UEFA and CONMEBOL signed an agreement in Nyon (Switzerland) last week on closer cooperation in various areas to promote football development, financial growth in two continents. In it, the two federations embarked on a very sensitive deal that deals with the ability to organize intercontinental men and women tournaments for different age groups. According to some world football experts, the move by UEFA and CONMEBOL is seen as the beginning of a boycott of Club World Cup and beyond FIFA separatist. FIFA immediately retaliated with a surprise withdrawal of the council meeting on March 20 in Asunción (Paraguay) – where the headquarters of CONMEBOL was brought to Zurich (Switzerland).

Have you known the biggest change of Chelsea in the last 1 year?

The west London team took it a step further in developing a way to control the ball, under coach Frank Lampard.

In fact, Chelsea has never been people who like to embrace the ball from Jose Mourinho until after Antonio Conte left last summer. But the arrival of Maurizio Sarri has brought a new breath in the comprehensive change of the face of the champions of the Europa League.

The first and most typical example is the move to recruit passing king Jorginho from SSC Napoli. The Brazilian-born star, though unable to own any assists for his team-mates last season, has clearly turned them into a very different team than they were in the past.

With 25070 passes, this statistic of Chelsea is only a bit less than that of Man City (leading, with 26581) in the last season, but is far superior to the previous seasons (2017/18 – 21264, ranked 5th; 2016/17 – 20125, ranked 6th; 2015/16 – 19664, ranked 5th; 2014/15 – 20268, ranked 4) …


However, (last season) many people still criticized the very play we call “Sarri-ball”, opposing Sarri and Jorginho because the Blues passed so many in the middle of the field to the point of being boring. But now, Chelsea has changed although the nature of control remains the same with Lampard!

To explain the improvement of Lampard, we will need to mention two things:

First: Chelsea’s defensive quartet has created a clear arc of passes. Almost every match they rotate the ball a lot, although the center is still Jorginho. The best example to prove this point of view should be taken from a match in the Champions League instead of the Premier League.

In fact, up to three-quarters of the people behind Jorginho in terms of passing in the Premier League this season are frontline players. Mateo Kovacic’s appearance was simply that Emerson and Marcos Alonso had to take turns on the left, when unable to maintain their position due to injury.

The same thing happened last season, but Jorginho outperformed. While this season, although he still leads in the ability to pass the ball, the biggest difference is not just passing the ball, the factors that will clearly show Lampard’s keenness to turn the young squad into imposing play prime!


Secondly, compared to the previous season, Jorginho played more risky than receiving 4 yellow cards after 8 rounds (last season was only 8 after 37 matches), passing the ball was less accurate (86% compared to 89%) but the chance of having a table with ten goals is more (3 compared to 6), the percentage of successful slots is higher (approximately 1 time compared to 0.7 times).

And yet, nearly every statistics on the defense of Jorginho is also good as breaking the ball, tackling, relief, dispute in the air, … things that not many people appreciate about the former star. Napoli. In fact, he himself described his evolution by saying “I have more freedom”.

Jorginho said (according to Football Planet): “I have more freedom. After four years with the same coach (Sarri), it is clear that a change will bring new ideas. In the past, everything was just to keep a balance for our play.”


From the above statistics and statements, we can partly understand that Chelsea is taking another step in the way of controlling play. It will take more time to confirm whether Lampard will succeed or not (the title), but at the very least, he is making the team more attractive, more passionate on the pitch!