Iker Casillas announces that he will stand for the elections of the Spanish Football Federation
A world champion takes a step forward, and we are not talking about any champion, but about one of the characters that came to be among the most beloved in Spanish society:Iker Casillas. The decision is brave, since, despite the prestige, fighting the system is always a challenge. The starting point is its reputation against that ofLuis Rubiales, deteriorated by numerous controversies and controversial decisions, since the dismissal ofJulen Lopeteguiin theRussia World Cupuntil the election ofArabiafor theSuper Cup. Rubiales, who beat the dying ‘Villarismo‘that Luis Larrea represented, has ended up embracing the system, personified in executives inherited from the past accused of corruption, because their survival is rehn of their support. The duel is, then, between reputation and interests. The only option of Casillas is, then, knowing how to decline the seconds.
The activity that generates the most opinion does not choose its government based on public opinion, but on the votes of a small club, the Spanish Football Assembly, intertwined in a labyrinth of interests. Casillas has been able to test them in theprior consultationsat the announcement of his decision, something he has done practically with all the groups. Will have thesupport of the players, through the AFE, and professional football, whose major agglutinatesJavier Thebes, confronted Rubiales bloodyly, but now he needs to cause a leak in the great dike of the system:territorial federations. It is a different game than the ones he has played, so his penetration strategy will be key.
Among the presidents who will support you arePaco Dez, of the Madrid Federation.Rafael Louzn, de la Gallega, too. The Madrid leader is, among the territorials, the most critical of Rubiales, who has managed to win over this time other regional federations that were not clearly on his side. However, even in that sector there are sensitive positions to change that the appearance of the name of Casillas, before its official announcement, had already surfaced.Castilla and LenIt is an example, but alsoThe Rioja, where one of the accused of corruption, Jacinto Alonso. This is coupled with a political key, and is that of the autonomous communities governed by the PP, who are suspicious of Rubiales’ proximity to the PSOE. The dominance of the territorial ones is, therefore, key in declining the balance in search of those 75 votes that the candidacy is marked as objective. The rest of groups can be distributed.
One of Casillas’ messages is that ofbring peace to Spanish football, shaken by a war that has caused fatigue. The former captain of Spain has tested former teammates, such asCarles Puyol or Andrs Iniesta, in the attempt to see a candidacy of champions, but it is difficult to produce direct links. Another of the characters close to the project is that ofFernando Hierro, client, also, of the agency of the agent of Casillas,Carlo Cutropia, involved in the project. Hierro did a great job in the Federation until he had to take the national team in Russia. It was a sacrificed piece.
The announcement of Casillas arrivesbefore his retirement from football has occurred, as a player of Porto, so it indicates that the player assumes that the advancement of the elections requested to the Higher Sports Council (CSD) can be granted to the Federation. If it happens,the elections may be in april. Among the consultations made, was Irene Lozano, the new secretary of state for Sports. The new president of the CSD has asked the State Attorney for a report on whether it is appropriate to ask her opinion againAdministrative Court of Sport(TAD), which was pronounced in advance contract. If it has been requested, it is because in the new CSD there is a sensitivity that is prone to grant the petition to the Federation, even if it is not against categorically contrary opinions. The new secretary of state did not take that risk.
Casillas wanted to be prepared for that scenario, so the announcement must occur earlier than expected. Have yourprestige and support collected, in front of who controls much of the machinery and thinks he has physical powers on his side, such asPedro Snchez and Florentino Prez. However, in front of a face like Casillas’s, it will be difficult for anyone to pronounce. Start another match.
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