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Farewell to French Soccer?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by CR19, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. CR19

    CR19 Member

  2. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    FIFA does this a couple times a year, usually with smaller, less powerful teams. The French government will apologize and promise not to meddle in the affairs of dragons the French football team again, and all will be fine.
  3. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    Pretty much...

    FIFA just hates it when governments start interfering because it prevents them from pocketing huge stacks of bills with no oversight. This will blow over like it always does.
  4. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    That is impossible -- FIFA has sworn itself to poverty and puts on the game for the sake of national pride and not profit and wouldn't dare think about trying to increase the amount of cash it makes from events like the World Cup because operating a business for profit is totally an American sensation with no merit anywhere else in the world...... ::)
  5. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

  6. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    Zag, there is a big difference between making the game profitable and making those running it boatloads of cash.
  7. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    Meanwhile, Reuters just reported that the Nigerian president is banning the team from international play for two years in the wake of the World Cup disappointment. Assuming that's actually "president" not "president of the federation," wouldn't this be slightly frowned upon by FIFA?
  8. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    I hadn't seen that yet, but if it is the actual president of Nigeria canceling the team, then FIFA will likely lay the smack down again...

    UPDATED: And just like that I switch over to my Twitter page to see Grant Wahl write the following:

    FIFA tends to frown upon this RT @ColinUdoh Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has withdrawn #NGA from all intl competitions for 2 years
  9. Boomer7

    Boomer7 Active Member

    Grant totally stole that line from me. :)
  10. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    In all honesty, that is pretty weak sauce for Nigeria.

    The team cannot improve without playing games. So the end result of removing a team from competition due to poor performance will be an even worse performance in the future!
  11. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    That's pretty much African political philosophy, isn't it? This way isn't working, so let's have a revolution and start over with another subpar and corrupt government.
    As for FIFA laying the smack down, is Nigeria's national federation funded by FIFA or the Nigerian government? FIFA may not have a say in the matter.
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