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Africa Cup of Nations hits 2022 World Cup – Africa’s dissatisfaction with Europe grows!
Before the start of the 2022 World Football Championship, the African Cup of Nations, which was held every two years, officially ended. In recent years, the number of players in the African region of the World Football Team in Europe has been increasing, and FIFA stipulates that players must return to their home countries to participate in national events. The start of the National Cup has also indirectly affected the entire European football world. This year's FIFA World Cup collided with the African Cup of Nations again, resulting in numerous incidents of "robbing people" and issues of discrimination.
World Cup collides with Africa Cup of Nations, sparks disrespect for African football
For African football players, it is an inevitable dream to advance to European football. After becoming a star player, it can not only improve the economic level and social status, but also bring incomparable glory to the African hometown, and even increase the cohesion of the country as a whole.
At present, there are not a few stars who have entered European clubs. For example, Salah and Mane in Liverpool are the top World Cup football forwards in Africa. Because Liverpool has these two strong players, indispensable players have left. The team returned to their hometown to play, unable to continue training or play, which is a lot of damage to the team.
The current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp once made an incorrect statement saying that the African Cup is "a small competition". This has caused strong dissatisfaction among African players and fans. In addition to this gaffe, the FIFA World Cup announced the date of the 2022 World Cup schedule, which happened to coincide with part of the African Cup of Nations. Former Egyptian star Medo directly criticized this as a decision that disrespects Africa. . All kinds of disrespectful and discriminatory remarks have brought the discussion of the African Cup of Nations to the highest point.
After 1980, the number of African players traveling to Europe increased sharply
From a macro-historical point of view, many of the African regions were colonies of former European countries, so today Africa and Europe have many similar common languages. For African football players, it is a good opportunity to play in Europe. In Europe, clubs at that time, such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, already had considerable resources and organizational planning. Entering Europe is equivalent to having a chance to become famous and win glory for their hometown.
Just after 1980, the strength of football in Africa gradually matured. In 1982, Algeria defeated West Germany in the World Cup, which caused a lot of sensation at the time. It was just after the policy was loosened that clubs in Europe became more interested in African players. Being able to buy players at a low price, and African players have good qualifications to participate in the game, is a good practice for European teams to have the best of both worlds. Therefore, during this period, a large number of African players entered European football. From 1990 to Between 2000, the number of players in Europe increased sharply from the original 350 to 1,000.
The Unknown Side of African Stars in Europe｜The Contradiction Between Europe and Africa
According to FIFA regulations, it is a major event of "A-level". Clubs must let African players return to their hometowns to participate in the African Cup of Nations or the World Cup African qualifiers within the time limit. However, 62% of the players participating in the African Cup belong to European players. For the European team is a great loss of interest. Therefore, there were a lot of disputes over the release of players at that time, and the African Football Association finally agreed to delay the "release" time so that the players could participate in the intensive training of the European League at the end of the year; some European teams even used the epidemic as an excuse. Tried to prevent players from participating in the African Cup of Nations, but was pointed out by other players that as early as the worst of the epidemic, Europe still held the European Cup as usual, and did not appreciate African players from participating in the African Cup of Nations.
With these various problems, it is not difficult to find that there are many unequal treatments behind these African football stars that cannot be ignored. Because European teams have introduced a large number of African players, the African Cup must be rescheduled at the request of European teams, and the 2022 World Cup must be rescheduled. The football game even ignores the African Cup of Nations season, which makes the problems between African players and African football more worthy of thought.
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