Bolivian President Signs for Top Divison Club

Evo Morales- the worlds first president to be calling all the shots

Evo Morales- the worlds first president to be calling all the shots

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, has become the latest signing of Sport Boys FC from Santa Cruz  in the south of the country.

The top division side have signed him on a professional one year contract and are to pay him a salary of $213 per month (the current minimum wage). It is unclear what position he will play-in, but the football loving president is to wear the Number 10 shirt and the president of the club confirmed that he will play in several of the seasons games, “We’ll send him a list of matches and he’ll chose which he wants to play in- hopefully completing about 20 minutes of each match”.

Despite having a keen love of football and having already appeared in several celebrity and charity matches throughout South America, the move is of course in part a publicity stunt.

Morales, the leader of the popular MAS governing party ( Movement Towards Socialism), will be a crowd puller for the team that average 5,000 or so supporters per league game.

Opposition players will be on their guard following the recent announcement. Despite his apparent ability to negotiate a new solar project, a trans-pacific trade deal and raising of the national minimum wage, on the pitch experience suggests he is far less diplomatic:

 

World Cups create Governments: Why Dilma is desperate for the trophy



FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter, right, poses with Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, left-Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL.



Dilma Rousseff is severely risking over-using a phrase,
so desperate is she to convince the world that this World Cup-
that will kick-off in 5 months time- will be “a copa das copas” (“the cup of all cups”). 



Indeed it is desperation that creeps from the corners of her mouth in any trying smile at the end of a public appearance or speech. It is desperation that is etched into the entangled furrows of her brow, produced from any agitating question fired her way from a journalist-asking about Brazils preparedness for the tournament this summer or the rhetorical and now generic; “Do you expect more protests like before?!”- saying ‘No’, will show her to be a fool and not aligned with the views of her public, saying “Yes” will show her to be a fool to not have done enough to deliver the wishes and needs of her public.

This is also set to be election year in Brazil and it comes to us at a pivotal moment too. Whatever the outcome of the worlds largest sporting event, come October attention here will turn to the election polls. With ailing public health services, a lack of good education and poor transportation systems, to name just a few, there’s a lot at stake. Equally and understandably, Dilma remains reluctant to make the brave economic decisions the country is in great need of to curb the faltering state accounts and to bring down the 6% inflation. Whether Neymar makes history or not, raising the flagging growth figures is a Brazilian goal this year (that were last week once more dropped my the central bank as they predict just 2.28 % growth- but we can expect that to fall again before too long).

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Brazilians are a forgiving people. Should they succeed in lifting that trophy for the 6th time in their history this summer, much of the anger at the cost of the World Cup will be forgotten. The issues that plague media debate, Facebook timelines and most crucially brazilian livelihoods will be swept away in the green, yellow and blue of the nations flag and celebrations- for some nights at least, Brazil will be in party mode; work canceled, children on mandatory holiday and bars kept open for the whole celebratory circuit.

It is then, when Dilma must strike. That is her moment to win the election, three months before they even take place…

Let me explain: World Cups create governments. 
In 1966 England won the World Cup – our first and (until now) only international trophy success.  Harold Wilson‘s Labour Party were in power at the time and he only had to give one semi-rousing patriotic speech in the days that followed our victory for his and his party’s popularity to sore through the roof. Fast forward to the summer of 1970 and England were taking on West Germany in Mexico in the quarter finals of the same tournament that had taken place 4 years prior on English home soil. This year in Mexico, the English were considered far stronger, sharper and more qualified than when they had been when they won it previously, yet despite being 2-0 ahead, they lost the game 2-3 and flew home early and dejected. Four days later Britain held it’s general election. A week later the Conservative party moved into Number 10 Downing Street…

You see Harold Wilson was counting on another World Cup triumph as much as any England fan and when they slumped to such a painful defeat, the public turned bitter and seemingly let it out on politics. The Labour foreign secretary blamed the defeat on ” a mix of party complacency and the disgruntled Match of the Day millions”.
I have little doubt that Dilma could face the same fate if  a disgruntled Brazil turns on the poor state of affairs- should Filipao’s men fail to deliver the much coveted 6th Copa do Mundo to the expecting public.

But then again, he most likely will deliver it. It is somehow already written..

When Filipao  (Felipe Scolari, Brazil’s coach and the man who carriers the hopes of millions), names his final squad at the end of March, a certain degree of the destiny of June’s fixtures will already have been decided and set in motion.

There is a deep exception and until now somewhat unspoken expectation in Brazil, the players feel it, but not the weight; that falls solely on the shoulders of the countries first female leader._68295021_018383818_ap