By Mohammad Ala
The FIFA committee decided to
(1) Establishing a committee appointed by FIFA and the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC), the composition of which will reflect the role of football's
(2) Drafting of new statutes on the basis of the FIFA standard statutes.
(3) Organizing of new elections under the supervision of FIFA and the AFC.
The majority of Iranians in
In August 2006, FIFA and the AFC gave a deadline of November 15, 2006 to IFF to reinstate its elected president (Mohammad Dadekan), and to comply with the relevant provisions of the FIFA statutes.
An informal polling of over 300 Iranian football fans confirmed that officials were responsible for this ban. The president of IFF can be dismissed if his performance is not satisfactory, but the rules do not allow any political power (in our case, Sazmane Tarbyat Badani) to get involved.
IFF had to rush to ask for an extension to permit our players to participate in the 2006 Qatar Asian games. However, this decision was only temporary and IFF had to comply with FIFA rules.
If one had checked the neighboring
countries' football sites, one would have noticed that the majority were happy
Our football has not recovered from
poor decisions made during the 80's to compete internationally. Looking back at our failures, it is
difficult to single out a single person
to blame. For example, Mr.
Dadekan, whom FIFA requested to be reinstated, is subject to valid
criticism. He has harmed our
football by firing the national coach before his contract was completed and by
favoring some players over others to play in each game. After
Because of poor performance, several
countries after the 2006 WorldCup replaced their coaches or heads of their
football federations. The process
in which the matters were handled in
Listening to IFF officials, one
notices that some officials are quite expert at coming up with excuses and
trying to justify their decisions.
This approach is no different in other areas of life in
A similar situation took place in
FIFA has its shortcomings. For example, we have asked its leaders
why AFC displays the wrong name for
Caring coaches, especially foreign coaches, have complained about the IFF system and the facilities available to them and to our players. We cannot blame coaches such as Simoes not wanting to renew his contract beyond the December, 2006 deadline. Foreign coaches have resigned for reasons other than salary or facilities.
Foreign coaches wonder what is
We are not a poor country dependent on poor facilities or mediocre coaches. We have third world country status because of our mindset. The reason football is beautiful to watch when nations play against each other is because it represents each nation, its passion, tenacity, and desire to win. The IFF is an extension of our people's thinking; that is why even when IIF members change, our situation remains the same.
Let us support our national team by attending its games (rain or shine). Sitting in the convenience of our homes or restaurants when the stadiums are empty is a disgrace and leaves no room for complaining. Not supporting Iranian women in attending our football games is also not acceptable. Let us create an environment where everyone will feel comfortable to attend and to support the national team. This goal can be accomplished by active participation and support (especially financial). Professional teams are functioning because individuals invest in them. Offering verbal or e-mail support alone will not change our mis-managed affairs. Our cinema, our economy, now our football, need our financial and moral support.
About the author: Dr. Mohammad Ala, Professor of
Management, teaches in
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