The president has resigned quite some time ago. All the vice presidents too have put in their papers. The coach, a mere 18 days before the Olympics has decided to step down. The players who will have the “fortune” to represent their country too are not available due to their clubs’ reluctance to excuse them from the preseason fixtures in the pipeline. While it might seem to be a plot of a dystopian novel. Or of some war-torn country or even of the Indian footballing system, the truth is on the contrary.The sad state of affairs is the one plaguing a mighty south American nation, a powerhouse of world football currently ranked number one in the Fifa standings. The Argentine Football association (AFA) has left the whole country embarrassed on the world stage.
No Coach, No Captain, No Players, No Chance?
The Greed of “Super Liga” and the arson of the footballing system
When the Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge mused the idea of a seeing system for the “Special Clubs”, the clubs which according to him were abide of rich European history and had won lifted the titles many times in the past, it was a dangerous idea that was brewing not just in his thoughts but also in the hierarchy of many clubs. While those in power rightfully shot down this idea and the Bavarian fans let him know their thoughts by advising him to “P**s Off” via their banners in match days, the Argentinian football had no such savior. The vice-presidents of the big clubs achieved exactly one of the two things they had embarked upon. On not being granted the permission to their idea , all of them resigned leaving the governing body in tatters. With no one to run the federation, the fate of the national football received a big blow. The fact that many of them are roaming around scot-free is a reflection of the helplessness that the board of this great footballing nation is facing. Ever since the late Julio Gordona’s death in 2014, his successor, Luis Segura’s stewardship has seen a sharp decline and an utter chaos descend in the footballing world of the Argentines. His own alleged involvement in a fraud and subsequent resignation didn’t do the country any favours. The head coach, “Tata” Martino had been criticised by the Argentine Olympic Committee president Gerardo Werthein but the president seems to be blissfully unaware of the unpropitious conditions the national team trainer had been facing. Having been unpaid for close to seven weeks, it was a surprise that he took Argentina to the finals. Mind you, He unlike the players in his national team doesn’t own the privilege to be paid by the club. Not that the players themselves are in a better position.
No Dybala and Icardi, No time for Julio Olarticoechea
If you haven’t the latter name, don’t feel blackballed. The under-20’s coach of the Argentine football team himself wouldn’t have envisaged taking the reigns of the national team for the upcoming Olympics. It’s nothing short of miracle that he has managed to avail the services of 18 members for his team for the Olympics.Not that it is an achievement though. Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi are absent from the team sheet. Not a surprise considering that there is hardly anyone left in the AFA to secure their participation from their respective clubs. It would had been hard for any national footballing federation to get their services for the Olympics considering the gigantic stature of the clubs. But the chaos that has descended in Argentina, that proposition was rendered absolutely impossible. Dybala, the man who dragged Juventus out of their slumber and was the brightest sparks in their impressive campaign would have made the attack nothing short of fearsome.Combining with Icardi, who dragged Inter to their fourth place finish, this duo would have guaranteed plenty of goals for their team. Instead both these players would be busy participating in the pre-season preparations for their clubs. Whereas their neighbors have secured the participation of their captains at the altar of Copa America loss, the Argentines find themselves grappling with pandemonium.
The Albiceleste have been trounced twice by Chile, but their biggest nemesis, their own bedlam, may be their toughest opponent yet.