“The Club World Cup is a big deal out­side Europe. Look at Corinthi­ans’ joy in 2012”

FourFourTwo - - UPFRONT - Chris Har­vey, Corn­wall Matthew Reid, Auck­land, New Zealand

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.

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