“Spanish football is unstoppable and demands a united effort,” said José Manuel Franco

José Manuel Franco, the head of the Higher Sports Council, said on Thursday that he dislikes “talking about war” between LaLiga and the RFEF and expressed a desire to walk “together” because “Spanish football is unstoppable and deserves an effort of unity,” but he also defended his position that a woman should lead the first professional women’s football league because “it is natural and appropriate.”

“I dislike discussing war. I want to go on a walk with you. We are facing the possibility of hosting a World Cup, which is one of the most significant events that can organize a nation after the Olympic Games. Spanish football is irrepressible and needs a concerted effort. José Manuel Franco said during the Europa Press Sports Breakfasts, which were sponsored by Loteras y Apuestas del Estado, Unicaja Banco, Repsol, and DAZN, “We are close to accomplishing a historic milestone, and we have to do it together.

Because “the fan enjoys more to watch football matches and enjoy the accomplishments of the sport than to follow these inconsistencies,” the leader believes that “there is a certain tiredness” with the situation brought on by the “differences that may exist between LaLiga and the RFEF.”

Meetings with Javier Tebas and Luis Rubiales are not now “on the agenda” for the CSD president. They are fully aware of my intentions, which I have made very obvious today. We must work together because there is a lot at stake, Franco remarked.

She acknowledged that “of course she would” when asked if she wanted to reach the same level of agreement that Irene Lozano, her predecessor, had with the “Pactos de Viana.” All it takes is effort; for our part, it won’t last, she continued.

Additionally, Franco said that “soccer,” which is commonly connected to “jaleo,” is sometimes abused, but he emphasized that “the resources provided by soccer contribute to develop other sports and that must be recognized.”

We are beginning the process of reissuing the 1982 World Cup.

José Manuel Franco also discussed how crucial it may be for national sport if Spain and Portugal jointly bid for the 2030 World Cup. In order to strive to replicate the dream of the 1982 World Cup in Spain, he noted, “We are taking the initial steps jointly with the RFEF, perhaps with greater sporting outcomes.”

Sport has the power to create synergies, eradicate divides, transcend ideologies, and dissolve borders, according to the president of the CSD. “It is a true country initiative in which we walk hand in hand with Portugal,” he added.

In this context, he recalled how well-run such events are in Spain, using the 2018 Copa Libertadores final as an illustration. The organization of the soccer match between River Plate and Boca Juniors, two Argentine teams not known for their tranquil pastimes, was first-rate, he emphasized.

On the other hand, he talked about the events leading up to the Champions League final that was played in Paris in May. “I witnessed it; it was there. We spent two and a half hours on a trip that, according to the driver, usually lasts 40 minutes. The organization could have been much better, said Franco.

“I noticed what was going outside and I moved closer. The want to see if any impacted Spaniards were there came from deep within me, so I checked it, a few meters away, and some journalists really interviewed me. It wasn’t the Real Madrid or Liverpool fans, who always behave admirably, nor was it the organization that was subpar. Even though FC Barcelona lost the Women’s Champions League final, their supporters were nonetheless admirable since they cheered for their opponent. We must be quite proud,” was said.

“WOMEN’S FOOTBALL PROFESSIONALIZATION IS A MILESTONE,”

According to José Manuel Franco, women’s football in particular is benefiting from a “new period of professionalization” in the world of sports in Spain. He stated that it is just to support the fusion of sports and to pay off a historical obligation that our sport owed to women.

“The women’s First Division’s professionalization process recently came to an end, marking an unparalleled achievement that will position us at the vanguard of Europe. We had to overcome certain challenges; they even predicted that there would be no professional league, but there is, and that the statutes would be approved by a unanimous majority, which there was. We have established the prerequisites for establishing the first professional league, he claimed.

The CSD president consistently gambled that a woman would rule over this new league, which, in his opinion, did not fit into “any garden.” “I would say it a thousand times, and I’m proud to having said it. The fact that a woman is in charge of the first women’s professional soccer league is only natural. I may have gone above and beyond my call of duty, but I truly feel that it was the right decision and it has been, and I value the clubs’ decision,” he said.

Franco emphasized the 16 million euros in aid that will be given to the clubs in this First Division, money that will be used “to replace artificial turf with natural grass” and for infrastructure like stands, locker rooms, adjacent fields, or a media upgrade.

Asserting that “this year” “a new block of aid will be issued so that the clubs of the top level can enhance their sports infrastructure,” José Manuel Franco emphasized that “equality and inclusion are the great rules in the draft Sports Law.”

The president made no secret of the fact that he views “soccer as a locomotive for the rest of the sports done by women” and that he hopes the Spanish national team can achieve “a good result” at the Eurocopa 2022 that it will play in England.

SEE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SUPER LEAGUE’S PROPOSAL

He also discussed handball, which is currently undergoing the professionalization process as demanded by the ASOBAL League clubs, in addition to women’s football. “It is the beginning of a route that I hope will be fruitful. The same thing happens with football. It is a really crucial step. I am certain that handball is strong in Spain, that it has been and will continue to be a source of success. To succeed internationally, it is critical to strengthen national tournaments, he said.

Also speaking about the Super League was José Manuel Franco. I opposed the initial initiative because it eliminated the competition and the ability to access competitive law to participate in that competition. Then, I read some correction that, in my opinion, was on the right track and that it would be implemented due to athletic merits, which troubled me,” he said.

“European competitions need to change, and that change should happen inside the institutions, under UEFA’s protection,” added Franco, who also “totally agrees” with LaLiga’s case against PSG that “Spanish football competes unfairly against state clubs.”

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