World Class Player
Teams: Ahly (of Cairo) and Egypt
Actually, there is a very good chance that listing the 3 players for the WC is illegal. Pedrinho played his last match on the 6th of November, while Lima and Marcoa who both were signed from Atletico Paranaense last played on the 13th of November.
FIFA demanded the squad lists from the FA's by the 28th of November, on condition that any player on this list must be registered with the local federation by the 11th of November at the most. Obviously, that could not have happened because Marcoa and Lima both played in Brazil past that date, i.e. they couldnt have been registered with both the Brazilian and Saudi FAs.
I have the referee match reports from the games they played, so I'm sure they weren't registered before the 11th. FIFA has also sent a letter to Ittihad last night asking for proof that they were registered before the 11th. A decision should be made soon, but I noticed that the 3 Brazilians names were taken off the FIFA website.
Personally, I don't think it should make a difference to Ahly. As for Ittihad, I believe Mansour El Blawy didn't do his team justice when he decided to sign those players (especially those who will be replaced by the Brazilians who did nothing to deserve to play in this championship).
But in any case, I think Ahly's management should handle this, and as fans, we should each focus on cheering for our own teams.
Last edited by Sabry; December 10th, 2005 at 08:22.