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When you are living into a dream zone, it is obvious that people will start comparing you with other legendries who have been successful residing on the same job you are living in. We are talking about league side Chelsea and its ruling march towards the league title this season. They are still unbeaten in the English topflight and credit goes to only one person after of course team spirit, and that is its manager Jose Mourinho who looks straightforward to his dream of winning third league title for the Blues. Everyone remembers his last spell with the Stamford Bridge side and how he conquered two back to back league titles. He exactly wants to repeat his last feat with the same side, in fact, wants to do as well in the Championship league this time. Looking at their run in the English league, many have lots of expectations with them but unfortunately playing on European front and in English premier league are two completely different things and often English sides are known for their restricted dominance within English soil hence experts also doubt over Mourinho ability to do anything significant in European circuit.

Roberto Di Matteo, the former Blues manager who has won the UEFA title for Chelsea, is in the news these days for his comparison with the former Everton manager and if he can parallel him in CL. While many are busy discussing whether Portuguese can equal what Italian manager has done for the English side, Mourinho does not want to divert his concentration with these media made hype; however, he is still aspiring for the European title but not for making any comparison with anyone.

Those, who are not familiar with the Chelsea boss, he has done this two times in the past playing for Porto and Inter Milan, hence his ability is not a question but problem is whether he should distract his attention from English tourney to European title while English fans want their team to at least perform well in the domestic tourney and looking at the form of North Londoners this season, they want nothing less than a league title.

Replying over growing speculation about his performance to that of Di Matteo, Mourinho replied, “Don’t ask me to speak about him. The history is the history — he was on the Chelsea bench when Chelsea won the Champions League and he is a historic name in this club. I have nothing more to say.

“My name is in the history of this club. A football club is made of many, many names — not one or two names or one player or one manager. I did my history here and now I have the chance to make more history here and he was Chelsea manager and he did his history.”

The bitter relations between clubs and national sides over use of big players have ever been a big problem for every side, especially those who regularly employ the steepest players and fear of any injury on their international duties. After Real Madrid who has ever been over possessive for its world’s priciest players and even usually ask national coaches for delicate use of its players even in the world cup games, it’s now turn of Chelsea and its promising Spanish forward Diego Costa. Costa has recently been in the news for verbal fight between Blues manager Jose Mourinho and Spanish manager on the issue of his selection for Euro qualifiers besides having been passing through niggling injuries. Initially, Spanish selectors wanted to use him but later refused to include in the national squad on the pretext that Costa should have been rested by the league side so he could have been available for the national duty. Later, Portuguese manager lambasted Spanish mentors for overruling his advice over injured players and denied of having used any player beyond a limit.

Actually, Costa was not the only player passing through an injury and sideline by the Spanish selectors, another Chelsea player Cesc Fabregas also joined him and deepened the controversy. Now, North Londoners used both the ‘injured’ players in their last game with West Brom on Saturday and answered all the critics who have long been condemning their actions after Spanish mentors did not select them for international games. Pointing several similar examples, former Everton manager said, “Vincent Kompany played today for Man City, but he didn’t play for Belgium. He was injured. Okay?

“Did Leighton Baines play for Everton? No, he didn’t but how many players were injured for the international teams and could recover one week later, doing his work at the club? Lots of them, lots of them. So, for me, there is no story since I know Sergio Ramos is a fantastic football player, but he is not a doctor.

“He is not a doctor and I am the same. I do my job the best I can but I am not a doctor. My doctor and the doctor of the Spanish national team, they had the scans and they decided that the player was not in the condition to play. Kompany didn’t play for Belgium against Wales and he played on Saturday.

“Has he a compromise with his national team? I think he has. He is the captain of Belgium.”

Soccer has ever been one of the most lucrative games for all its percipients including players, officials, and associations who are entrusted by the governing body to encourage and prepare a team of quality players into their regions. Hence, it is also believed that FIFA, being the global mentor of game, would take care of its member associations by various monetary prizes including – of course – bonus. The hard spoken FIFA president Sepp Blatter during the end of his current spell recently announced a bonus of $250,000 per member association in tune with 2015 Financial Assistance Programme (FAP). Governing body has informed all the eligible associations to submit the prescribed forms in due course by the deadline day. They as well issued a circular stating that all the forms would be made available to them by December 19 and then FIFA can know the exact money requirement for distributing announced bonus. Moreover, above mentioned amount is just the basic figure each and every association is eligible to receive, as far supplementary contribution is concerned, FIFA has also announced an addition in last June for development of football at national level.

The circular provided by the governing body stated, “For reasons of ease of administration and consistency. the form to apply for the FAP in 2015 – $250,000 per member association – will be adjusted and take into account the additional bonus granted to all FIFA member associations in connection with the final financial results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil…

“The amount of this additional bonus will be decided on 19 December 2014 by the FIFA Executive Committee. The necessary documents and instructions on how to apply for FAP payments in 2015 and for the additional bonus will be sent to you immediately following this decision.”

While everyone is praising Blatter commendable job, there are many others who are accusing him to offer indirect bribe to favor a support in upcoming presidential elections where he has announced to be contestant. Looking at Blatter relations with UEFA president Platini, whole governing seems to be has been divided into two parts: one side supports Swiss administrator to serve his fifth term on top post, there is a good number of executive members who favor a change at the top hence want European president to join them at the top. The fate of current bonus announcement would be cleared by upcoming May when next FIFA president would be elected.

Soccer is perhaps the only game where any player’s absence from the game, even for a single one, is being interpreted with several different means even if it is just a regular ousted from the team. Especially in English soccer where whenever a player is asked to sit outside, media starts thinking or linking him with other clubs and exaggeratedly highlights it as he himself is looking for a switch. Chelsea, the stunning leader this season, is one such side who is facing these kinds of reports for its goalie Petr Cech who could not play for the Blues off late and after arrival of Thibaut Courtois as number one choice to secure the goal post, rumors started that Czech international could be looking for a second home. According to some reports, clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in hiring him if North Londoners decide to relieve him. But, rubbishing all the reports, Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho has called all those media portals as the ‘Mickey Mouse’ websites who say they are going to let him go anywhere. Mourinho called his 32-year-old goalie as the integral part for the squad hence no one should assume anything about his future on the basis of few absences from the field.

He talked about this issue in great detail in the press conference ahead of their clash with West Bromwich Albion and said, “Are you telling me that or asking me that? On which Mickey Mouse website? On which Mickey Mouse blog?

“At this moment, news is coming instantly. News born every day, every minute, every second. Some news are not even signed. Some website, some blocks, we don’t even know where we get the news. I promise you I tell you the truth. On my desk, normally from my board’s desk the information arrives, I have zero. Zero proposals.

“I believe in what is happening at this moment. At this moment, Petr Cech is our goalkeeper and has a contract for two more years. He’s a fantastic professional and puts the team’s interests first. Not once has Petr Cech knocked on my door to inform me of his desire to accept some proposal. This is my truth. Nothing more I can say.”

Although, Cech missed most of the club games this season, but for national side, he is still the number choice on the goal post and played all Czech Republic’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, so there is no question of his losing form or growing age.

Ever since Qatar world cup controversy hit the headlines, trust in FIFA’s top management decisions has touched a new low and to win this lost confidence back, many executive members have long been asking to release all the materialistic facts about the controversial bidding in public, but for some reasons, neither FIFA nor Qatar has yet put anything in public domain. Recently, when ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert cleared both Qatar as well Russia for any irregularity it only got a silent support from its own members and like expected most of the members kept discussing about the wrongdoings in private. To make thing public, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has now written every executive committee member for their support for an urgent action over both upcoming world cups in 2018 and 2022, especially about how they could win the hosting rights. Despite severe pressure from every corner, Eckert refused to public the full report about the findings of a secrete investigation conducted by the governing body.

Refusing to accept what ethics committee judge has to say about the report, Dyke says he has rather compelling evidence for wrong doings in the bidding process that allowed both Qatar and Russia win the world cup rights despite having completely opposite infrastructure as well climate conditions. What Dyke said in his letter is, “As you probably know the reputation of FIFA was already low in England and much of Europe before the events of last week. The failure to publish Mr Garcia’s report, and his statement that the summary report which was published contained ‘numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations,’ has resulted in a further decline in public confidence of FIFA. We cannot go on like this.

“Complete transparency is required if the actions of all those who bid, including England 2018, are to be judged fairly. I know some of you believe that FIFA’s reputation in England is the result of an obsession amongst the English media with FIFA and I know Mr Blatter sees their reports as an unfair attack on the organisation he leads.

“However, in England we see it differently. The reports… do provide compelling evidence of wrongdoing. They cannot be simply dismissed as ‘racist’ or ‘an attack on FIFA’ as Mr Blatter described them at the FIFA Congress in Brazil. Urgent action is needed if confidence in FIFA is to be rebuilt in England. The FA is of the view that this action should start with the full publication of Mr Garcia’s report.”