By Walter Broeckx
I don’t know what is the next step after madness in English. Bonkers? Crazy?
I think someone has to invent a new word to describe the craziness that has taken over at Fick FUFA headquarters over the years.
If you thought that after having had two summers with no rest at all Alexis would now have a summer off in 2017 as there would be no Copa America and no World Cup….think again. Because to the delight of the money makers and dubious decisions the Confederations cup will be held in Russia during next summer.
So from June 17th till July 2nd Alexis might be once again not resting but playing football at the highest level. And as the summer in 2018 we have the World cup again we can expect that the season 2017-2018 will start earlier than usual and so….we will not be with Alexis at the start of that season.
If you think that is already bad then let’s talk about Özil. Because as World Champions Germany will also have to play in that ridiculous tournament called Confederations cup. So when the season 2017-2018 starts we will once again be without both Alexis and Özil.
So for the second season in a row we will be without our top 2 players at the start of the season and will have them back ready around the end of August with already 3 or 4 matches being played.
Is Untold the only website that finds this ridiculous? For a long time it looked like that. Even in Arsenal Belgium circles I am a lonely voice when it comes to condemning those bloody internationals. But slowly I notice a few people starting to open their eyes. Maybe this article might help a bit. But for some there is apparently a need to wave with national flags.
Anyway, it seems that other people are also getting a bit fed up with these summer tournaments. And not a small name this time. The president of the German Football Federation DFB, Mr. Reinhard Grindel has said that if it was down to him the Confederations Cup should be abolished.
He said: “It would be a good signal to stop this. The top clubs in Europe have to give their players out for this tournament and they are rightly worried about the work load for their top players. They have every reason to be concerned”.
Mr. Grindel said that the top players nowadays are getting too much work load and this causes too many of them to get injured.
Germany will play Chile in this tournament so Alexis and Özil might be playing each other.
But there might be some relief if the only national team coach who looks further than his own nose, does what he says he is planning to do. Joachim Löw.
Löw has already said that he might consider the Confederations Cup as a chance to go with a young team and not with the best team he could pick.
So there might be a chance that Löw leaves Özil in England and he might get a good rest this summer.
It looks as if the Germans are the only ones who have and use some common sense when it comes to international football. Löw also left Özil at home to play a meaningless friendly and to play San Marino a few weeks ago. A gesture well appreciated by Arsenal and Wenger.
He might have a few strange habits this Joachim Löw but he surely seems to be the only manager in international football that really takes care of his players and keeps the best of interests in mind of those players and the clubs who play their wages.
Of course we will have to wait how the corrupt FUFA will react to this blasphemy. Imagine the world champion telling them to stuff their tournaments where the sun never shines. That will not go down well at their headquarters I can imagine.
Maybe Mr. Grindel from the DFB should go one step further. Maybe he should make sure that the Confederations cup will no longer be played. I think they can do it if they would have the balls to go for it.
They could maybe just tell FUFA they will not come at all. A confederations cup without the world champion would be worth nothing. But probably FUFA will have a stick behind the door by banning them from the world cup itself? And that might be one bridge too far even for the DFB who I can imagine would want to retain their world cup in 2018.
So if the option of not going at all is impossible, they could of course make FUFA look ridiculous and send out an U19 team to this tournament. They could claim all the other players are injured or sick and those are the only ones who can be send out to Russia.
Of course things will not change overnight but at least I feel a bit happy that the president of the current world champions is standing up for the rights and the rest of the players and their clubs. It was about time someone did apart from Untold. And Wenger.
And the more I read about Löw and his intelligent way of handling his players the more I would fall for the idea of having him as our manager one day in the future when Wenger will be gone.