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Soccer players who go free with their contracts: the inmate behind the difficult decision to break with the club


It is the fashionable conflict in Argentine soccer, with millions in losses and in an increasingly unfavorable economic context. What do the leaders say?



case changed the contractual terms of football.

Based on the Belgian striker's claim, the clubs lost the right to compensation at the end of the relationship.

Players could trade as free agents on their own.

It was the first battle

the leaders lost

and there was a transfer boom in the mid-1990s.

Under this juncture, the famous 20% Law that allowed teams to pay that percentage of salary for two years until the end of the player's contract was also



And at this time, at the very beginning of the

Professional League,

there are not a few clubs that are going through situations of conflict with their footballers.

Product of the legislation of the Zurich-based multinational baseball company, six months before the expiration of the written agreement, there are moments of



The hottest situations are in San Lorenzo and Huracán with

Federico Gattoni


Lucas Merolla


And now he lowered the foam, but he also had his tightness in Boca with the controversial departure of

Agustín Rossi


With the fresh background of

Agustín Almendra

, who has been separated since January of last year and in July he will leave with the pass in his possession to Rayo Vallecano.

River experienced it with

Fabrizio Angileri


Benjamín Rollheiser


In Racing the same situation is yet to be seen with

Matías Rojas


Also, Argentinos Juniors with

Matko Miljevic

, who joined the MLS.

And it happens to Banfield, who hanged

Juan Manuel Cruz


Gregorio Tanco

, who are currently training with the Reserve.

Agustín Almendra, hanged in Boca.

He will continue his career in Spain.

low complaints

Why are these situations repeated, increasingly common in local football?

Who is guilty?

Do the leaders fall asleep?

Do the players take advantage?

Do representatives and family fill their heads?

Federico Gattoni, the captain of San Lorenzo has everything arranged to leave for Sevilla.

The men who run the clubs know that

today they have few tools

against current legislation.

After all, the trend is worldwide.

According to the report made by the firm KPMG last year, there was a historic increase in the five major leagues of

22% in signings of free agents


Mouth was by Lucas Merolla, who leaves the Globe.


Of course, here in


, we have other problems that do not afflict the first world and not even neighboring countries: stocks, galloping inflation, different exchange rates, a situation that invites players to seek other destinations.

The leaders consulted by


prefer anonymity.

However, everyone agrees that "the player has the power."

Benjamin Rollheiser left River for Estudiantes de La Plata with the pass in his possession.

Photo: Luis ROBAYO / AFP.

Slide one of them: “Today he is your player while the contract lasts, it is an unfavorable situation for the clubs, when they want to be sold, you have to sell them.

And there are two enemies: the environment, the family and the outsider representative”.

What do you mean by “

outsider representative


It is about that agent who only has one player and wants to save with him.

Juan Cruz Oller, one of the front-line businessmen, describes it: "There are more and more and the business they do is fabulous, they end up investing pesos to later collect in euros."

Other leaders do not look for scapegoats in the representatives.

One of those questioned about the problem, who works as a soccer manager in an inland entity, points out: "There is no single culprit, there is a system that leads to clubs becoming more and more defenseless."

And he makes a differentiation: "A youth player is not the same as a player you bought."

Like a new car that already has a certain mileage on it, clubs try to amortize the costs of the footballer they bought the pass for at the time.

A witness case is that of

Agustín Rossi


Boca acquired the archer's card for 750,000 dollars that Estudiantes received and five years later, after not reaching a common point,

he was loaned to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia

for 1,500,000 dollars.

After several negotiations, the Football Council preferred to win something instead of being left deaf after the goalkeeper's decision to sign a pre-contract with Flamengo.

Almendra's experience, already reflected, and the situation of

Cristian Pavón

, to cite another emblematic case in Brandsen 805, pushed Juan Román Riquelme to make this decision.

It was useless to send him to cut grass in Casa Amarilla.

Agustín Rossi, champion with Boca, is making a save in the Saudi league.

Photo: Fernando de la Orden.

What elements do the clubs have to fight against this type of situation?

"You have to convince the player not to shit on you

," says another experienced manager.

Some look to update the contract a year or two before expiration.

The Mitjevic case in Argentinos marks a loss for the player.

He walked free, when he could have kept 15% of a potential $5 million payout.

But there are few who look at the whole picture.

The money -green, of course- is there and the clubs do not have much room to seduce.

Merolla asked for a sale and last night he did not play for Huracán.

He could end up in Latvia, first, and in Cyprus, later: he would go on loan to Riga to end up in Paphos starting in July.

That despite the interest of Boca.

In other times, it would be unthinkable for a footballer to lean towards a fourth-order league.

But what he seeks is the benefit of change.

And here, it is known, it is difficult to get dollars.

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Source: clarin

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