World Cup Bollox

Our pathetic performance in the World Cup, followed by Harry Redknapp’s comments that players used to come to him asking him to get them excused from England duty, makes me think: what do England players get paid?

The gobsmacking answer seems to be:

£2500 for a win
£1650 for a draw
£1000 for a lose.

Little wonder the players don’t want to wear an England shirt.

For the World Cup the players were to get £650,000 each – if they won the tournament.

That’s two weeks pay for Rooney.

Or half a bribe for a FIFA member’s vote.

With all the £100s of millions sloshing around in football, the hand-outs seem to be going to the wrong people – millions for FIFA members, thousands for the players on which the whole show depends.

Football should go for an alternative World Cup competition – just like boxing has the WBA, WBC etc – set up and controlled by reputable countries and consign the inept and corrupt FIFA to football’s dustbin.



  1. Well SilverMan, it could be because the Olympic team is funded by the government and the footie team is funded by the wankers at the FA.

  2. So, the premier league has some local talent, but they look good as they are supported by class players from other countries in europe.
    When the time to put together an england team comes, they don’t have a large enough pool of talent to pick from maybe.
    Taking away the support leaves some players exposed.
    How come we have a UK olympic team, but not a UK football team?

  3. Ah Yes indeed, Dr Bob, that hits the spot all right.

  4. I thought this was appropriate!

    and perhaps they should not have been sleeping (on the pitch)

  5. I thought those ark guys were frozen stiff, zeitghost, while one or two of our footie team showed the occasional sign of life.

  6. Well the Yanks don’t seem to have any decent male tennis players, Rich, and they take that pretty seriously. Mind you, Klinsmann is doing his damndest to get footie on the map in America and if he gets the big sponsors to come in then, as you say, we could see a very different international balance. Of course the baseball and American football lobbies will try and stymie soccer but soccer’s international compass may win the day. Interesting.

  7. Well Yes Terry it did make me wonder who pockets the profits from the World Cup. Clearly it’s not the players, unless they win and get paid off by their local FA. And I’m sure you’re right about the evolution theory. It seems to me a lot of clever people are physically lazy and I assume in the hunter-gatherer days the lazy guys figured out ways of getting out of doing the heavy lifting. So 10k years of evolution later! and you now get a lot of work-shy guys doing useless jobs which they’ve managed to persuade the rest of society are worth doing at high salaries.

  8. Interesting quote David, thanks for that. I think the cause is perhaps far back in the evolution of society when we made the step from hunter gatherers to farmers. That created a food surplus that not everyone was living from hand to mouth, and enabled a new priestly class to be supported who had time to read, write, develop concepts like organised religion and laws and taxes, and overall they got to run things. So automatically the non essential functions were at the top of the pile.
    I like the Baron’s comment in a previous thread about who would you want to be stranded with on a desert island. You’d want farmers, builders, medics and engineers. The PR consultants, patent trolls, six sigma black belts and hedge fund managers could go down with the ship.

  9. Shades of the golgafrincham ark fleet, one might think.

  10. I have to agree with both of you, despite being a big football fan. I guess its simply a question of market forces. People will only pay what they think something or someone is worth.

    I think most people would agree that the money in European football is at its craziest point. But, just imagine what would happen if the Americans start to take the game seriously and put their commercial might behind it. If you think players earn a lot now, that could send it into overdrive!

  11. You have company Terry. David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology at the LSE, reckons: “In our society there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it. Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it’s obvious that, were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic. A world without teachers or dock-workers would soon be in trouble. It’s not entirely clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to vanish.” I think that includes footie players.

  12. While waiting at the dentists I read some magazine about the 20 richest people in the Netherlands, and about half of them are footballers. What value have these people created? OK, a lot of people seem to enjoy watching the game but in the end being good at booting a ball about isn’t any more useful to society than someone being outstandingly good at picking their nose.

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