Tag: 2014 World Cup


World Cup standout Bryan Ruiz “not happy at Fulham”


Bryan Ruiz has expressed his serious displeasure at his current club situation in a way most players refrain from doing in the media.

Speaking to Argentinian newspaper La Naicon, Ruiz flat out said he’s extremely displeased to still be playing in the Championship after relegation last season.

“I am not happy at Fulham, and they know it,” Ruiz said.I am a professional and I will fulfill my contract in the best way possible. They know that I signed here to play in the Premier League and not in the Championship. This league is not for my style of play, but I‘m stuck here.”

Those are some seriously strong words. Ruiz has wanted out since fans soured on his play earlier last season, often finding himself on the butt end of (somewhat unjust) boos and jeers at Craven Cottage. He went on loan to PSV in the Eredivisie for the second half of last season and was not around to see the club relegated from the Premier League for the first time in 10 years.

He then went on to impress at the World Cup, proving to be a creative force during Costa Rica’s surprising and entertaining run to the quarterfinals. Back at Fulham from Brazil, the 29-year-old was hoping to secure a permanent move away from Craven Cottage but could only find himself out on another loan, or so he thought.

“It seems incredible, but this is part of football.” Ruiz said when asked if it’s disappointing to play so well on the world stage and then return to the English second division. “In this situation the club decides what happens to me, and it’s complicated, but we must accept it.”

FIFA blocked a completed January loan move for Ruiz to Spanish side Levante on Deadline Day, saying that paperwork arrived too late. Levante president Francisco Catalan was furious with Fulham, blaming the London side for the delay and ultimately failed move. Ruiz himself said it was hard to convince Fulham – who also wanted a permanent move – to agree to a loan, but ultimately got the club to reluctantly concede.

“[Fulham] agreed to sell me, but when the loan option came they did not want it,” Ruiz explained. “At the end I talked to them and made them see that it was beneficial, and I managed to convince them, but they never wanted to accept a loan.”

“I am not sure what happened [between Fulham and Levante], I do not know if Fulham was at fault or not. Each club is responsible for sending the documentation, only they know what happened.”

Ruiz also expressed a touch of remorse for signing at Fulham in the first place. Having signed from Twente in the summer of 2011 for around $10 million, he never truly fit in, and was often described as a ruby in a world of garnets – a luxury Fulham could not afford. His flowing style of play was often blunted by the physicality of the English game, and Ruiz clearly was more comfortable on a World Cup pitch – or even one in the Netherlands – than he was on an England field.

“After four years where things have not always gone right, where the team is relegated and they force me to honor my contract, it is difficult to assess,” Ruiz said.Maybe it was better to wait and see another option [when I signed], but hey, if I had the opportunity to see the future maybe I would have made different choices. At that time I thought it was the best option I had.”

Remorse or not, it appears Ruiz will have to finish out the season at Craven Cottage, where his contract expires at the end of the year. He also did mention the possibility of playing in Major League Soccer in the future, but said despite the rumors, “My priority is to stay in Europe until the [2018] World Cup in Russia.”

James Rodriguez goal against Uruguay wins Puskas Award for goal of the year

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Hungarian legend Ference Puskas scored a boatload of goals in his career for Budapest Honved and Real Madrid, and he scored them with a style that put his name on the trophy for goal of the year.

The Puskas Award nominees were goals from James Rodriguez and Robin van Persie at the World Cup, and surprise candidate Stephanie Roche from Ireland, whose stunning juggle, volley and turn is among the best goals you’ll see in your life.

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The goal was similar to James goal in the World Cup, and perhaps the grander stage is the reason the Real Madrid star is taking home the Puskas Award.

How much did FIFA pay MLS clubs for having players at 2014 World Cup?


Following the 2014 World Cup, teams across the globe have been handed out compensation by FIFA for allowing their players to take part in the tournament.

FIFA set aside $70 million to compensate clubs, as German Champions Bayern Munich led the way by earning $1,734,367 million, while Real Madrid earned $1,297,800 and Chelsea received $1,253,233 million in compensation for their players heading to Brazil.

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According to the European Club Association (ECA), FIFA paid $2,800 for each day players were on official national team duty for the World Cup. That sum was shared between clubs that the player had been registered for in the two years leading up to the World Cup. The ECA says 396 clubs from 57 countries got FIFA payments, which ranged from Bayern’s $1,734,367 million to a paltry $6,300 picked up by Ipswich Town. Still, every little helps.

16 teams from Major League Soccer have also been compensated by world soccer’s governing body, with the San Jose Earthquakes making out like champs as they earned $260,400 from having the likes of Chris Wondolowski and Victor Bernandez suiting up in Brazil. Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls were the other teams to make plenty of cash (over $200,000 each) from their stars heading to Brazil, as the full list of how much MLS clubs earned can be found below.

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Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were all paid over $1 million in compensation, while Spanish giants Barcelona and reigning Italian Champions Juventus also bagged a seven-figure sum. Here’s a link to the full list of compensation made to clubs by FIFA. Here’s a quick note: should MLS clubs have been paid more for losing their players in the middle of the 2014 season? It was a pretty big impact for some squads. Just a thought.

Total compensation ($) for MLS clubs

San Jose Earthquakes – $260,400
Sporting Kansas City – $209,533
New York Red Bulls – $200,200
Real Salt Lake – $196,000
Houston Dynamo – $179,200
Seattle Sounders FC – $165,900
CD Chivas USA – $108,267
Columbus Crew – $100,100
Los Angeles Galaxy – $98,000
Toronto – $94,500
New England Revolution – $81,200
Vancouver – $40,600
Philadelphia Union – $17,733
Chicago Fire SC – $14,933
Colorado Rapids SC – $13,533
DC United – $13,533