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How pathetic for Craig Brown to brand Team GB players ‘selfish”

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Craig Brown

Craig Brown

BY JOHN GUBBA

Forget the politics – it is time for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to join forces and get behind Team GB’s bid for glory at London 2012

Stuart Pearce – the Englishman appointed manager – is absolutely right when he says Britain’s top young stars will all want to take their shot at Olympic Gold.

The Olympics is a unique platform for the world’s finest under 23 players to shine. Remember it was the stage that launched Lionel Messi on the way to becoming the best player on the planet. And Messi was so determined to take part he was happy for Argentinia to take Barcelona to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the argument over whether or not he could play at the Games.

That’s why the likes of Welshman Gareth Bale are expected to ignore pleas by the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs not to take part for fear of losing their national status with FIFA.

Let’s face it does anyone really believe that England, Scotland, Wakes and Northern Ireland will be forced to compete as Great Britain at the FIFA World Cup.

For former Scotland manager Craig Brown to say players who take part will be “selfish” is just pathetic.

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FIFA 12: WAYNE ROONEY BEFORE AND AFTER HAIR TRANSPLANT

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Wayne Rooney before and after hair transplant

#hairwego - Hats off to EA Sports for paying tribute to Wazza's new barnet

BY JOHN GUBBA

FIFA 12 is all about authenticity – but the guys at EA Sports have taken attention to detail  to a whole new level with a newlook Wayne Rooney.

In the upcoming release of FIFA 12, the makers of the world’s most famous football game have painstakingly upgraded Wayne Rooney’s hairstyle so his new hair transplant is plain to see. “Trust me this will be the best FIFA game ever,” announced Rooney on Twitter.

Wazza’s receding hairline is clearly visible in the old version. But you can see the difference in incredible detail in the new improved image of the Manchester United and England superstar, who films the commercial for the new FIFA game at the end of August.

If you want to watch the inside story on the Wayne Rooney treatment, check out the campaign to launch a revealing new documentary, The Bald Truth

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Check out the amazing new gameplay features in action on FIFA 12

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WHY DOES DICTATOR BLATTER THINK HE IS GOOD FOR THE GAME? IT IS TIME TO BOOT HIM OUT

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Crisis? What crisis? asks Sepp Blatter

Crisis? What crisis? asks Sepp Blatter

BY JOHN GUBBA

What a staggering show of defiance by FIFA President Sepp Blatter who has shrugged off the crisis surrounding his governing body at a remarkable press conference in Zurich.

And how sad that this FIFA farce should take the spotlight away from the Champions League Final that represented everything good about The Beautiful Game.

Blatter has dismissed all allegations of corruption from all quarters including his own vice President Jack Warner who says “Blatter must be stopped”

Like all dictators Blatter refuses to accept criticism. He insists his organisation is “not in crisis just facing difficulties” and dismisses all allegations of corruption

Despite growing calls for him to resign and corruption allegations over the vote that awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup, Blatter is determined he will be reappointed FIFA President for another four years on Wednesday (June 1).

It will take a revolution within FIFA to stop Blatter extending his 14 years in power. And sadly that is unlikely to happen despite Warner’s opposition.

Blatter says he is good for the game. But ask anyone outside FIFA and you would struggle to fill a small room who agree with him.

The truth is the FIFA President has brought The Beautiful Game into disrepute. And the time has come for Blatter and his chronies to step aside or for a new governing body to take control of the world game.

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FOOTBALL RANT: "WHY THE GAME IS IN A MESS" – IAN HOLLOWAY TO REPLACE FIFA BOSS SEPP BLATTER

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EUROPEAN GIANTS FLEX MUSCLES WITH WORLD CUP WARNING FOR FIFA FOLLOWING CONFUSION CAUSED BY BLATTER

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BY JOHN GUBBA

 

AS EUROPE’s big guns flex their muscles in football’s corridors of power, the question has to be asked: How much longer can Sepp Blatter continue as the dictatorial President of FIFA, writes John Gubba.

Members of the European Club Association (ECA), representing the continent’s top football clubs, have warned FIFA they are running out of patience with how football is governed on the world stage.

And the buck must stop with Blatter after presiding over the shambolic decision to hand the 2022 World Cup to Qatar without resolving the fundamental question of when the tournament will be staged.

The ECA have demanded a greater say in FIFA’s decisions and criticised FIFA for the confusion over speculation of a possible switch of the 2022 Finals to the winter.

On Monday, FIFA president Blatter performed an apparent u-turn on his previous suggestions that the 2022 World Cup would take place in  winter by saying a summer tournament in Qatar had been “settled”.

But the level of European irritation was summed up 24 hours later when ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared: “The time for monopolies is over. Football needs democracy and transparency.”

“Rummenigge, speaking after the 136-member association’s general assembly in Geneva, added: “ECA members agree that all clubs must be meaningfully involved in all decisions affecting club football. Now is the time for change

In a statement, the ECA expressed its “concern on the way matters of such importance are managed by football’s world governing body” and its opposition to the “disruption” of the possibility of a winter World Cup.

Blatter is a master politician gifted in the art of survival and, despite putting his foot in his mouth on many occasions, he has done much to promote football’s global standing. There is no doubt his passion for the game is genuine. But it is impossible to see how a dinasaur who is blatantly more sexist than Andy Gray and Richard Keys and who lacks the transparency to clean up the rumours of  corruption can give FIFA the decisive leadership required in the modern world.

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