Originally Posted by berko
Well, this issue comes after every campaign, but now more then ever with Israel getting stronger and having a passable group for the WC qualifiers, some players in the NT have spoken with the IFA and was released in the media of the players receiving money for every win and also a bonus if they qualify for the World Cup.
There have been divergent opinions about the issue, but Avi Luzon was a bit reluctant and didn't speak much about it.
On my personal opinion i believe the players should only get payed if they qualify because it is a honour to play for your country and not another "job".
Our best campaign since reaching UEFA was in the Grant Era. It was something like 65% wins. This was similar to our standings in the 1960's and 70's. Ironically, when Israel made it to Asia Cups, Olympics and finally....World Cups.
Should they be rewarded..
I say yes! But you cant reward them on a per game basis. You must reaward them if they make it. Similarly like in the Grant days where players will get a bonus if they make the playoffs and what not. I think its an intresting idea and would get people to actually make it to the game and not risk it and opt out.
Another note, some players also complained about the amount of fans that attended the match at Ramat Gan stadium. Only 6,300 fans came up and in a big stadium as Ramat Gan it gives the impression you have nobody watching you. Some suggested to move games to Bloomfield or Teddy. IFA has the intention to keep the game to Ramat Gan through all campaign.
Well, if outragous ticket prices and the bore of having a 2 hour game in the middle of the week, i can see why many fans are reservant.
If only the IFA cut the prices of tickets, made some corproate/group events. Allowed the soliders and elderly to get in and made 10,000-15,000 hats or shirts or Israeli bobbleheads to be given out as a limited edition...which i remind you would cost less than 5-10 NIS per item...than yea...many more fans would come.
Im also suspicious abput playing in Ramat Gan. Its a great stadium, none the less, but it may be too big for games that are not needed. Moreover, its central and fans from all around the country, on a work day/school day must come to Ramat Gan to watch the game...which is a bit hard.
Personally, i liked the old days when you have a friendly and the IFA sets it up in different locations.
I remember in 1991, Ashkelon stadium, which is 10,000 seater hosted the USSR. Haifa hosted a few games and ofcourse Jerusalem....
We should start having games in different places other than Gush Dan area