January 20, 2018
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AFA finally announces Bauza is out

Former national team coach Edgardo Bauza pictured during one of Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers in late 2016
By Eric Weil / Sportsworld

Confirmation for a decision which has been known for weeks

Argentine Football Association’s (AFA) president, Carlos Tapia has finally officially stated that Edgardo Bauza was no longer national team coach, although the decision had been known for weeks.

We mentioned before that it is a matter of finance. The main candidate to take over as coach was former Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli, but only to get his release from Spain’s Sevilla would cost the AFA 1,500,000 euros and he wants a contract until the World Cup in 2022. Would that be another risk to take?

To cancel Bauza’s contract would have cost US$900,000, but an arrangement has been made to pay him and his training staff US$1.1 million dollars in easy installments. The AFA owes previous coach Gerardo Martino 13 million pesos as he was never paid .and his lawyer has come to an agreement with the AFA, but does not say what the agreement is. But Martino’s coaching staff is suing the FA for US$ 3 million. Where can all that money come from?

Also mentioned as a possible coach, but not officially, is Carlos Bilardo under whom the World Cup was won in 1986. He was a good leader and managed the players well.

And talking of suing, Racing Club’s former coach Facundo Sava is suing the club for 8.6 million pesos for the time remaining on his contract when he was dismissed. Racing Club are going to see their lawyers and say the courts will decide — we know what that means with a friendly judge who may even be a fan of the team of Avellaneda.


The so-called Super League will be played from July until June next year by 28 clubs with four being relegated and two promoted to get down to 20 teams. Marcelo Tinelli, the main candidate to take charge of it, says it will bring in more money for clubs, but they will also have to show accounts with those who lose money having to accept the consequences, but it was not explained what these consequences will be.

Television companies Fox and Turner, who won the contract to televise the matches, were due to pay 400 million pesos this week and 1.12 million before May 5 and during the competition 2.9 billion in 12 installments. While it is due to be decided, 78 percent of the money will go to the Super League (which is being held outside the AFA) and 28 percent to the AFA. The televising of matches is expected to be better, but it will not be free anymore.


Fouls are being called in soccer which were not considered fouls before and others which are fouls are not being called When you run in front of a player and get entangled in his legs and fall — Lionel Messi is good at that — it should not really be a foul but treated like a dive and might deserve a yellow card. A player falls and writhes in agony as if he were mortally injured and once a free kick is awarded, he gets up and runs to his position. He should be shown a yellow card. On the other hand, many real fouls — even penalties — are not awarded and the International Federation (FIFA) has been reluctant to use “video referees” which even now are only at the trial stage.

Then there is the tactical foul when a player of a team under pressure commits a foul just to stop the game for a free kick to be taken while his team regroups. In the FIFA rules book it is condemned, but many feel it is part of the game and a yellow card is rarely given.


Michel Platini, the president of the European Football Union (UEFA) has suggested sin-bins to replace yellow cards. The idea involves sending players off to the so-called “sin bin” for a certain time, depending on the seriousness of the incident which deserved a yellow card.

The idea comes up from time to time although it is opposed by a lot of people. Now it could be included in the announced 48-team World Cup which is likely to include several novelties. This columnist thinks it would not be such a bad idea.


FIFA announced a US$ 369- million-dollars loss for 2016 and it expects a bigger loss this year, but that all this will be recuperated during the 2018 World Cup. So how much does FIFA expect to take out of this World Cup?


The International Olympic Committee (IOC ) has thought up a new one! Some time ago it wanted to find a city where the four-yearly event could be held permanently. There was no rush of candidates. Now the IOC has lowered its expectations and is asking 2024 candidates Paris and Los Angeles to consider that whichever wins the vote to take on the 2028 event as well. Both Paris and Los Angeles have firmly said no and during the period mentioned governments can change.

Besides that, cities where Olympic Games are held often make a loss and are left with a lot of useless installations which either cost money to keep up or go to waste.


In the 60’s something unusual for Argentine soccer took place. In this case a journalist, Gabriel González Peña, took over Huracán’s first team as coach. He travelled to England every year and preferred English soccer and its tactics not used here. He worked with the Huracán players every day and on Sunday, he reminded them of the attacking moves he had taught them. After the match, defender Miguel Vidal asked him “And the defenders, what do we do?” Peña said: “Pray to God to help you.” Good tactics!

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