Category - FIFA

Change Is Not An Event, It Is A Process

The title to this piece were the key words expressed by Price Ali of Jordan in his speech to the FIFA Congress before the election process took place earlier today. Sepp Blatter won his reelection bid after the Prince bowed out of the race following the first round of voting that saw him trail 133 to 73 votes. This may seem like a dark time for world football because its leader embroiled in a sea of corruption has been given more time in charge but there could be a light in the distance as the seeds of change have been planted.

Price Ali has been the most successful challenger to Blatter’s power since he first gained the FIFA presidency and there are at least 73 football associations across the world that are unhappy with his job performance. These FIFA arrests were a major event but they are not the change because as Price Ali said change is a process. I believe this week could very well be looked at as when the process of change started. Corporate sponsors of FIFA and the most powerful football nations in UEFA are reevaluating their association with the Swiss based organization. This will force some level of change because FIFA would be absolutely nothing without the cash that their sponsors and the top teams in Europe provide.

The longstanding Swiss FIFA president is a smart man and a master politician who has built up a great level of trust with the smaller and developing nations of FIFA to consolidate his power even through this great turmoil. These nations have votes that count just as much as the powerful footballing stalwarts in Europe and South America. It will be very difficult to erode this level of trust between Blatter (or his hand-picked successor) and these nations but the seeds of change have been planted even though Prince Ali has failed as most journalist and pundits predicted.

Change is very much a process; let’s hope that process has been kicked started through the prism of scandal because the future of world football depends on it.

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The Finals Are Coming

The Two Daft Yanks are back as we look the end of the season and a whole load of finals straight in the eye. On this week’s episode:

  • Brace yourselves, the finals are coming! Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, Conference Final and Championship Promotion
  • Gerrard plays his last game at Anfield
  • QPR Update
  • Championship Sunday
  • E:60 on Sepp Blatter
  • Brad Friedel
  • And more!

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TDY: The Finals Are Coming

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Beware The Ides Of March

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The Two Daft Yanks are back and we urge you to beware the ides of March. Jose Mourinho didn’t and the “campaign against Chelsea” is in full swing…et tu Mike Dean? There is much to talk about this week so enjoy the show and be on the lookout for people in togas with knives. On this week’s episode:

  • Quick recap of this weekend’s EPL action
  • Is the title race close to being over?
  • Zimbabwe banned from 2018 World Cup
  • This Week In Daftness
  • The surrounding the ref epidemic
  • 2015 Gold Cup groups
  • And more!

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TDY: Ides Of March 

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There Is No God

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Chelsea has lifted the League Cup and there is a plethora of other soccer related news to get to as well. The Two Daft Yanks are back to break it all down even though Chad may have a slight case of the sads thinking there is no God. On this week’s episode:

  • League Cup Final review
  • Can Chelsea win the treble?
  • Welcome back Jonas Gutierrez
  • World Cup 2022 Update
  • FIFA video technology delay
  • And more!

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TDY: There Is No God 

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Auf Wiedersehen World Cup

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With an extra time goal by Mario Götze, Germany has a new World Cup hero and another World Cup title to add to their storied fussball history. It also means the World Cup is over and although Brazil has thrown one heck of a party it is time to say auf wiedersehen World Cup. The Two Daft Yanks are back to break it all down. On this week’s episode:

-Germany World Cup facts.

– UEFA and CONMEBOL have a strangle hold on World Cup superiority.

– World Cup Final TV ratings and the end of the ESPN era.

– Was this the most physical World Cup ever? and much more!

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AUF WIEDERSEHEN WORLD CUP

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