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Volume 6 No. 212

International Football

Europe's leading football coaches "want the transfer window to be shortened, contradicting the position of their clubs," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas said, "The clubs like it as it is but the coaches are of the opinion that the market should be closed earlier." He added, "The coaches need time to prepare their teams for the season." The summer transfer window closed on Monday, "causing confusion among coaches who began the season without knowing which of their players would remain at their club." Serie A Napoli coach Rafael Benitez said, "You prepare everything with your players and one week after your players can be playing against you." Both coaches said that they "welcomed UEFA's financial fair play initiative which prohibits clubs from spending more than their generated revenue." Villas-Boas: "I think it's a great step definitely, it will also promote investment in youth, which doesn't count as expenditure under the rules financial fair play" (REUTERS, 9/5). The AP reported the call follows UEFA President Michel Platini, who said that "this window is too long and will have to shorten it.'' Platini: "We will ask FIFA to have a look into what we propose and for all European leagues to start at the same time" (AP, 9/5).

Maradona, former Brazilian striker Romario and former Paraguayan fooballer José Luis Chilavert, "among other former South American football stars, on Wednesday attacked South American football governing body CONMEBOL, which they accused of 'robbery' after a meeting with team directors," according to the EFE. The meeting was summoned by former Brasileiro side Corinthians President Andrés Sánchez, whom Maradona is supporting for the presidency of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and for the CONMEBOL Exec Committee. Chilavert said, "This meeting is very easy to describe: it is a football revolution." During the meeting, a group of Uruguayan lawyers "presented a study that showed that South American clubs lost $120M in the last two years and CONMEBOL wasted $430M on supposed dark contracts and omitted billing in accounting books." Romario asked "for jail for the supposedly corrupt CONMEBOL officials." Romario: "An event like this, with so many important football people, is the beginning. We believe that now is the time for morality to begin to prevail in Brazilian and South American football. We are here to make everything clear about who should pay and who should go to prison." Chilavert said that football players "have less social security every year when they retire and CONMEBOL directors keep getting richer and they never played football" (EFE, 9/4). INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Andrew Warshaw reported that Maradona said, "We have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few. It doesn't belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players. So we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. It's very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people ... we are here so that we can have a more transparent football." Romario described CONMEBOL as worse than the CBF. Romario said, "I couldn't imagine that there was an institution which ... did so much harm to the sport. We have to get more people together. The clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL. It's a movement for transparency and dignity in football. With this commission that we are going to form, we are going to see what has happened to all this money" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/5).

The FIFA Development Committee has outlined 27 new Goal projects to be implemented around the world, including the first to be planned for Indonesia. The Southeast Asian nation will benefit from a new artificial turf pitch in Jakarta. Additional infrastructural plans were set in place for member associations across five confederations courtesy of Goal schemes, which are tailored to provide for the specific football development needs of each country. In addition to those plans, 16 new recipients were also confirmed for FIFA's performance program, which is devised to aid in developing the organizational side of the member associations.

Goal programs:
AFC: Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Palestine, Seychelles, Singapore and Tajikistan
CAF: Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Liberia, Namibia, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda and Zimbabwe
CONMEBOL: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela
CONCACAF: St. Vincent & Grenadines, Montserrat and Panama
UEFA: Faroe Islands, Hungary and Slovakia

Performance programs:
Indonesia and Malaysia
CAF: Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Uganda
CONCACAF: Cayman Islands, Cuba, Guyana, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago
UEFA: Estonia and Switzerland (FIFA).

After months of "economic problems," Ecuadorean side Deportivo Quito released 10 players that have "gone four months without receiving their wages." The club explained that it is "ready for negotiation and legal action from the released players through the Ecuadorean Federation chamber for reimbursement of the players' respective owed payments" (LA AFICION, 9/4). ... English fifth-tier side Barnet announced that The Hive stadium will be the venue for the FA WSL Continental Cup Final on Oct. 4 between EPL Arsenal and fifth-tier Lincoln City. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport at 7:30pm (Barnet FC).