“The Club World Cup is a big deal outside Europe. Look at Corinthians’ joy in 2012”
If the foul is for violent conduct, or a similar offence, a red card and penalty would be awarded as it is now.
One to debate, perhaps? Maybe we could try it in the lower leagues for a season... San Lorenzo, the South American champions, in the semi-final, and it proved we can cut it. Part of our prize money was shared amongst the league, too. When most clubs exist on a shoestring budget, this investment goes a long way.
We’ve been dubbed the Barcelona of the Pacific. Our coach, Ramon Tribulietx, is a Catalan, even, and most certainly our Pep Guardiola. Last year he turned down Brisbane Roar and the much greater resources of the A-league, and it’s the carrot of the Club World Cup that sustains us.
We may not be the biggest name, but we’ve earned our place, and that’s what football should be all about.