When I’m bored I go on to the FIFA.com message board and list and hyperlink the latest allegations against them. I’m not the only one who does it. I have been doing it for ages. I detest FIFA. The fun is watching the poor old moderator having to frantically delete the negative stuff (90% off it) and try and post up positive threads about the good work FIFA do for football around the world, which they do, believe it or not. It’s the same on Facebook. Everybody hates FIFA, unless you are receiving the cash, the only thing that kept Blatter in power. As we know he empowered all 217 member countries representatives (officially there are only 196 official countries on Earth) with one equal vote and so if he gave those small football associations enough money for the projects they wanted he would get their vote. The head of the Turks & Cacaos Islands appears to have as much clout as the head of the English FA, and more money. Not surprisingly the third world countries turned out to be the most corrupt over the years at FIFA through multiple TV and newspaper investigations and those countries the most loyal to Blatter. It was a simple transaction. The FBI have issued a new pack of cards for the most wanted.
Its believed only 20% of the money Blatter distributed to those smaller countries has actually been spent on those projects. It’s simply become a wage for the top few people who run football in those small countries and up to them how they spend the money. The men appointed by FIFA to do the job tended to be well connected. To highlight the ‘alleged’ corruption from this ‘registered charity’ the total revenue from the Brazilian World Cup was $4.1 billion dollars. Only 25% of that money will be distributed to the football family. Incredibly, only $100 million went to the actual team’s federations who competed, 2% of the total revenue. 98% of it didn’t go to the teams and federations that actually generate footballs popularity and fund the game through TV and sponsors. Where is that money going? We now know up to $100 million dollars of it was used as a slush find to try and bribe members to vote for Blatter after disgraced American FIFA member Chuck Blazer squealed like a pig to the FBI to get a lesser sentence. Chuck actually embezzled money to fund apartment just for his cats? Jack Warner is about to do the same and threaten all sorts. And don’t think the English FA is whiter than white here. This plea bargain technique will see everyone down the chain do the same and the total collapse of FIFA. I understand plans are already been draw up for a new World Football Federation and no doubt suffer the same corruption down the line if it happens. What I do know is there is no way the World Cup will be in Qatar. I said that from day one.
Football fans had enough when FIFA awarded Qatar to the 2022 World Cup. At that point the corruption we had all read about was 100% confirmed and it was time to act. Russia getting it was just about acceptable as we know they do have a good football heritage and actually pay the game and new stadiums may actually improve the game there. But Qatar is small oil rich country with no football providence and only get the World Cup for one reason, those petrochem dollars. Blatter and his fellow crooks were salivating more than ever over the blank canvas World Cup in the Middle East as everything had to be built from scratch, which meant huge kick backs from construction contracts. This is where the real money if for FIFA. A competition in England with everything in place and broadcasting rights sealed means no big money for FIFA. Even better was the culture of imported cheap bonded labor in Arabic countries which meant stadium builds would be much cheaper and so more profit there, many of the worlds biggest construction companies awarded the build deals cashing on that by subcontracting the labor, including British countries. There has been a mind boggling 1200 construction worker deaths in Qatar since they were awarded the World Cup although not all of them on World Cup sites.
But we are here to talk about the website and like everything else about FIFA it’s not cheap and cheerful. The latest international friendly results are scrolling across the top bar and with Copa de America not far away it’s getting busy again in what will be baron football summer for the Northern Hemisphere. No doubt FIFA delegates will be picking and choosing the games they go to in fear of arrests in the coming months. The Under 20 World Cup qualifiers are raging and it’s also the Women’s World Cup in Canada this month, controversial as the girls are being made to play on plastic pitches for some reason, no doubt to protect the grass ones for the blokes. Sepp didn’t insist on bikini tops and shorter shorts although I agree with him that sex sells women’s sport and you cant get away from that fact. Tennis and athletics are women’s most successful sports and the girls like to show it off if they have it. If the world number 50 is sexier than the world number 7 in tennis she will simply earn more money from sponsors.
Scroll down and you get to the latest FIFA news and projects and no surprise what’s dominating that. After Blatter got a standing ovation by his 410 staff members this week don’t expect balanced website opinion on the current crisis. There is plenty of good stuff on the daily businesses of FIFA around the world (that doesn’t included bribes) and lots of filler articles to dilute the bad news. Scroll down further and you have competitions and quizzes and the online FIFA store, also a real earner for the Swiss football mafia. For only $75 you can but the official Women’s World Cup shirt! I’m not sure they can afford those prices in those third world countries who voted for Blatter. Actually they are probably made there.
There is a lot of stuff on compliance and greenwashing as FIFA proudly announces its pollution free and carbon neutral. Looking at some of the photos from inside the rather secretive building I’m not convinced they are remotely environmentally friendly. The football database is good where you can check old video and written results from the various nations, international tournaments and domestic football leagues and also a good player database. If you like a bet there are some good stats to chew over here. All the rankings are there – players and teams – and some background on the actual FIFA delegates. You can also scan the financial reports for each year and they make for interesting reading. That $10 million FIFA Gave to Jack Warner is actually listed in the reports. The site also has all the standard social media connections where you can vent your fury.
Firstly i'd like to point out i'm a United fan so don't be suprised if you dn't agree with everything i say but this is only my opinion.
I'm not thinking about past transfers that have paid off this ismy prediction of the current transfer window, with the big money move and the shrewd signings that have been going on in the Premiership (and a few which in turn affect the Premiershiptoo) this time around.
So obvioulsy the biggest ever transfer fee is going to be the biggest talking point...
Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United to Real Madrid for a massive £80 million, well to be honest i think it was time he left after years of flirting with Real Madrid and at £80 million United made an immense profit. Regardless he is one of the best footballers on the planet and will still be hugely missed.
United's loss is Real's gain, he will sensational in La Liga next season his play will suit the league even better than the Premiership and no doubt the top scorer in Europe.
With Ronaldo gone what will United do???
Antonio Valencia from Wigan to Manchester United rumoured to be £16 million. Still have the bulk of the £80 million from Ronaldo and he has been playing very well for Wigan over the past two years. Fergie knows what he is doing and i think putting him with the rest of the United team he will be even better next year, still he is not going to be Ronaldo or even replace him but who can? I would be very suprised to see him flop as he has already played well for a team in the same league, who no disrespect to Wigan are not as good as United. For me a consistant performer who will prove good value for money.
Now for the shock of the window!!!
Michael Owen from Newcastle United to Manchester United for FREE!!!!
Well a former Kop icon not what i would like to see in a United shirt (except gerard or torres obviously :)) but everyone is talking about the negative side to this 'he is injury prone' or 'past it' as many people are saying i think this one really could be the buy of the summer. Last few years United have lacked a goal scorer and Owen is a natural goal scorer. Give him a chance and 9 times out of ten your one up!!
people forget he was once one of the most feared strikers in europe, i think he will recapturethis form under a mentor like Fergie,
So what have United's rivals been upto??
Chelsea haven't been as active as in previous transfer windows with small buys like Ross Turnbull who will no doubt be back up for cech, and Daniel Sturridge who is a good one for the future.
Liverpool on main signing Glen Johnson from Portsmouth which i think is a con they paid well over the odds but its their money lol will prob turn out tp be a successful buy and regular player
Arsenal have againbought only one player Thomas Vermaelen a £10 million buy from Ajax who is a centre back, should shore up a very questionable Arsenal back line but won't set the league on fire.
Then there is Manchester City who have been linked with every player on the planet Earth for me untilo they nail some really big signings they will continue to be an average team but hey i'm a red so do you expect me to say haha!!
For me Owen is the buy of the window... so far!!!
The move that paid off ...