The continuing scandals of Spanish football arrive at the ‘New York Times’: is the 2030 World Cup in danger?

The proverb states that “life is an echo. What you send, returns, what you sow, reap”, even if there are those who have to listen to it from afar to recognize what is happening very close. “The stars of Spanish women’s football refuse to play in controversy with their coach.” Until ‘The New York Times’ he echoed the latest scandal that discredited the institution he presides a little more – if that is still possible Rubiales and, by extension, to all Spanish football and sport, with the collusion of a government that continues to look the other way. After having contextualized the issue by referring to the news reported by El Confidentcial, the prestigious international newspaper reported what happened with the rigor that was lacking in most national media.

It should be remembered that women’s football has a large following United States of Americasuperior even to the male one, with a selection that won the world on four occasions (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019) and has won as many gold medals in the Olympic Games (1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012). And the proof is that the most famous footballer of him, Megan Rapinoedid not hesitate to send his support to the Spanish players, which, by the way, was lacking in Spain for the footballers of La Liga and most of the trade unions. “You have a 16th player standing next to you in the US. So many players united like this are very powerful. We should all listen.”Rapinoe wrote on her Instagram account.

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“This is very difficult to see, knowing that the (Spanish) Federation is thus treating players who demand better protection, treatment and professionalism. The best players in Spain deserve much better. “said the captain of the United States, Alessio Morganwho shared a tweet no less incisive than her partner Becky Sauerbrunn: “Why would a group of players, in one of the most talented teams in the world, risk their careers and reputation for whimsical and unfounded complaints eight months before the World Cup? I don’t know the private details, but If 15 of the best players in the world wanted to share their comments, I would respect it and take it seriously. “.

As pointed out by ‘The New York Times’, “Spain, an emerging power in women’s football, are coming out of a frustrating summer in which he was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Spain, a major title contender and chosen by some to win next year’s World Cup, were knocked out by the English champions, in a match they largely led and controlled until there was a change of strategy in the second half. And he adds: “The information in Spain described the turmoil within the women’s team, with players who express their loss of trust in Vilda to the president of the RFEF “.

The “turbulent mandate of Rubiales”

Collecting what has happened in recent weeks in the Spanish women’s team, the prestigious New York newspaper refers to the fact that “This confrontation is the latest crisis in Rubiales’ turbulent tenurethe top coach of the Federation since 2018, who, in one of his first acts as president, fired the coach of the Spanish men’s team (Julen Lopetegui) on the eve of his opening match at that year’s World Cup. ” The New York Times’ refers to the Super Cup files and the scandal of the Salobreña orgy reported by ‘El Mundo’: “More recently, Rubiales was suspected after leaked messages revealed questionable management style and business practices. His uncle, who had appointed him as a staff member to the Spanish Federation, accused him of using football funds to pay for lavish private events. ”

King Felipe VI, along with Sánchez and Rubiales. (EFE / Pedro González)

Obviously, all these comments on the RFEF in particular and on football in general, they do not help the good image of Spanish sport for which the government should guaranteeeven more so if you want to aspire to organize the 2030 World Cup. As we have reported in this newspaper, the figure of Rubiales does not have the support of the FIFAwhose president, Gianni Infantino, ignored it on his last visit to Spain, and neither did UEFA; no matter how much he is vice president. Alessandro Ceferinits top leader, is aware of the addiction he has Rubiales on Florentino Perezas the main promoter of the Super League European

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In other words, unless there is an open question, which in the case of Rubiales is never to be ruled out, in Moncloa they should be clear that their figure not only does not add, but subtracts. That the Secretary of State for Sport, José Manuel Francohe will have to go to Congress on October 18 and the minister will do so on 27 Miquel Iceta, both to give explanations about him, should be enough for them. Their permanent scandals can end up blowing up Sánchez’s aspirations to bring the 2030 World Cup to Spain. All the more so if, as reported by the British newspaper ‘The Times’ a couple of weeks ago, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Greece intend to submit a joint offer to host itfor which, in addition to Spain and Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay are sighing.

Photo: Pedro Sánchez, together with Gianni Infantino, in Moncloa.  (EFE / Fernando Calvo)
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The news is certainly surprising, as it would be something unprecedented. The World Cup will be played on three different continents, with a model almost identical to that of the last European Championship, with a maximum of 12 federations and continental places involved in the celebration. Furthermore, the fact that Greece joined the candidacy when the UEFA president said he wanted only one European proposal for the big event of 2030, could be proof that Ceferin has changed his mind about Spain and Portugal. That means.

After doing business and winning none other than the Spanish Super Cup, It would be funny if Saudi Arabia, the main promoter of the candidacy reported by ‘The Times’, took the 2030 World Cup away from Spain and Portugal. Of course, after the loss of international prestige that Spanish football is suffering due to Rubiales and a government that supports him in office, it is normal that the other candidates can use everything in their power to achieve their goal. From a reputational point of view, it is easy to harm the Iberian candidacy. Indeed, the hara-kiri was done.

The proverb states that “life is an echo. What you send, returns, what you sow, reap”, even if there are those who have to listen to it from afar to recognize what is happening very close. “The stars of Spanish women’s football refuse to play in controversy with their coach.” Until ‘The New York Times’ he echoed the latest scandal that discredited the institution he presides a little more – if that is still possible Rubiales and, by extension, to all Spanish football and sport, with the collusion of a government that continues to look the other way. After having contextualized the issue by referring to the news reported by El Confidentcial, the prestigious international newspaper reported what happened with the rigor that was lacking in most national media.

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