Global footballers’ union unhappy with resting time for World Cup players

first_imgGlobal footballers’ union FIFPro have complained over the amount of resting time that the World Cup players got after the tournament go over on July 15.The pre-season tour of the biggest clubs in the world began just about five days after the end of the World Cup and even though the players who reached the semi-finals have got their vacations, most of the others joined their club camp for the pre-season matches.The International Champions Cup began on July 21 and while most of the teams participated with their youth players, many of their first-team regulars joined soon after.FIFPro said that at least 15 World Cup players have taken part in UEFA club competitions less than four weeks after returning from Russia, leaving without a sufficient close season break.The union reiterated its call for a mandatory rest period of at least four weeks between the final game of one season and the start of pre-season training for the next.Also read -World Cup success means Premier League loss for Manchester United: Mourinho”Players are coming under too much pressure, caught between the needs of their clubs and their own personal well-being,” said the union in a statement.”While FIFPro understands the financial implications of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for clubs, the health of these players is being put at risk because of such a congested match schedule.”The group stage of the World Cup in Russia, which was officially part of last season, finished on June 28 while the final was played on July 15.advertisementThe first round of qualifying for this season’s Champions League began on July 10, meaning that the two seasons in effect overlapped by a few days.Also read – Fans chose the beach instead of watching Chelsea-Inter game: Jose MourinhoIceland’s Arnor Traustason played — and scored — for Swedish champions Malmo in a 3-0 win away to Kosovar side Drita in a Champions League qualifier on July 10.Serbia World Cup squad members Nemanja Radonjic and Milan Rodic played for Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League qualifier on July 11 and compatriot Vladimir Stojkovic played for Partizan in the Europa League the following day.While clubs from smaller leagues are already involved in European qualifiers, big clubs are on lucrative tours abroad.On Sunday, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggested that his holidaying players should consider cutting short their vacations and help the team in the opening stages of the upcoming Premier League season.Players like Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, all of whom featured in the final four teams of the World Cup are resting and taking a well-deserved break. In less than two weeks’ time though, United are set to host Leicester for the Premier League opener but these players could miss the fixture.Mourinho had stated that since these players will arrive late to the camp, they will not be in a shape to start the opener. However, with a disastrous pre-season in the United States, Mourinho is getting increasingly frustrated and impatient.England defender Phil Jones and forward Marcus Rashford are expected to shorten their vacations to help a struggling United squad prepare for the start of the season. Mourinho has suggested that others should do the same.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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