It’s All About the Money in Soccer
When it comes down to it money talks no doubt. The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers takes place not just on the pitch but off, or while they’re watching one another. I flick on Bloomberg’s stock report in the morning and get the real news. Events are filtered through the business world and you actually get to see how things are truly connected. Spin and politics stripped away. The end goal is to make money.
Sure, this is the beautiful game, and no doubt what drives a player is who he’s performing for. Himself? His family? His teammates? The fans? His coach? All of those. That’s what we all seek, right, a bit of applause. There’s no doubt doing something for someone else is more rewarding than piling up your money and living in on a secluded island. Well, maybe a big pile of money would make you a bit happier. But to get back to the story. There’s a bit of both, money and applause, that’s what we seek. You can’t have one without the other right? One hand claps the other. For the owners though, they have to take a different view.
But, could you imagine 80,000 people chanting your name? That’s worth it right there? Equally, there is the chance that you’ll be hearing 80,000 whistles if you’re not up to the challenge.
In this case, it was Celtic going further into the Champions League last season and then out bidding the Rangers on new signings for the coming season.
There is not mistaking the incentive that money will give a team.
Whether it’s a SuperLiga payoff of 1 million or the reward of making the group stage of the Champions League. Is that what the MLS needs to put into play? An incentive. A payoff or drop. What if the Galaxy would drop down to the USL if they didn’t finish in the top rank and file. Demoted. That will get you to raise your game.
And how is this money divided up by the team that wins the SuperLiga? Washington Post has the inside information.
If you’re making $40K per year then bonus of say $5K to $10K is too bad.
What are US national team players paid when they take part in a friendly or FIFA sanctioned game? Beckham has to fly across the pond to play in a game for England. What is he paid? How does that affect his club and team. Manchester United’s coach, Alex Ferguson is always complaining how his players already play enough games as it is. He doesn’t need them taking part in meaningless friendlies.
This is an old article, from 2005, but touches on a lot of interesting things related to who gets the money in US national team soccer:
Looking at the World Cup qualifying bonus that were doled out , oil comes into the picture:
Then there’s the seeking out of Chinese Beckhams, so to speak. Who is the Posh Spice of Asia? Find a player married to the most famous star in Asia and you’re in the money. Players in Asia who will sell jerseys and attract Chinese viewers who then see a Chinese company’s logo on their now favorite team.
Plus, Chinese soccer fans love to intensify a soccer match further by betting on the game. Trouble with match fixing in their own league they now bet on European matches:
The rewards that much bigger though in some tournaments, and their win lifts up an entire country:
I think it was Dunga, who said, on winning the Copa America this year (2007). We offer this win to all the workers who come home to catch our game on TV or follow Brazil with their hearts. Not his exact words but the feeling was to play for the fan who toils all day and finds solace in watching football on TV. I agree.
Here’s the real quote, much better said
Hedging your bets.
The Beckham affect is now less star power or Hollywood but his pedigree as a soccer player. His class. His professionalism. Those traits rub off on his teammates and will probably have the greatest influence on Donavon. But, you can see the players up the ante when Beckham is around. Maybe it’s the added fans at the games and the cameras. Sure, all of that. But it’s not unlike a dog claiming his territory. Now, the best players before, a Jaime Moreno or Gomez of DC United, have to do more to stand out let’s say when Beckham is on the pitch.
Although Donavon will probably gain this most from having Beckham around, he now has someone to pass to and who will pass it back. More so, it’s the great long balls that Beckham plays, Landon will be on the end of many of those. Who do we perform for? If a great player is playing along side of us we want to impress him do we not.
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