Paris For some soccer teams, the road to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand (July 20 to August 20) turned out to be rough and involved a strong fight on the pitch. The French made themselves heard and released the coach; The Spaniards have a similar bid: they want to leave the pilot, while the Canadians fight for a better economy.
On Thursday, the “rebellion” of several French soccer players led to the departure of coach Corinne Diacre. And when at the end of September about fifteen players left the Spanish national team, they demanded the departure of coach Jorge Vilda, although at present without success.
Recently, Canadian soccer players have raised their voices to threaten the Federation with a strike if they don’t get a revaluation of their finances. President Nick Bontis resigned and the agreement was initially announced on the national team’s funding on Thursday.
Governor Christina Sinclair claimed she was “insulted like never before” by Bontis for her demand for financial equality.
In this context, the general secretary of the world football union (FIFPro), Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, opined: “No player should sacrifice part of his life to ask for something.”
There are other examples: Ada Hegerberg of Norway, the first Ballon d’Or in female history, left her team five years after the disappointment of the 2017 Euros, raising the issue of inequalities between men and women in the payment of prizes by her federation.
The United States of America Women’s National Team, led by former star scorer Carli Lloyd and more recently by Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, launched the first fuse since 2016 in a long legal battle seeking equal pay.
Rebel movements in different teams are raising questions four and a half months before the World Cup, all the more considering that the rights have not been acquired sporadically in several countries, such as in France or England.