Like many other industries football has its dark sides and age fraud and falsifying documents is one of them. The most recent example is Cameroonian player Joseph Minala, whose age…
An extraordinary sporting tale of redemption
Part 1: The darkness gathers
Seemingly, sports is going through some are tough times for the more conscientious among athletes and fans alike. Recently, too many incidents have been detracting from the sporting side of it, and have tainted the name of football with all the wrong connotations and cast an ominous shadow upon many other sports as well. Needless to say, similar occurrences are absolutely nothing new to sports, but lately it seems to have really kicked up a gear.
Have you ever considered the people in the background? I’m referring to the people in the sports industry who never or rarely show up on TV or in public, but they are often a key factor of an athlete’s career, his public appearances, etc. Yes, I’m talking about agents/managers, who are sometimes even more important than athletes themselves. Ironic, but true!
Years, decades ago even, managers had a clear role in athletes’ careers: negotiate contracts (with the club, FA, sponsor, media or other relevant institution) and provide him with the best terms and services regarding his career (contract etc.). His main and basic role was clear: it involved serving as the link between the athlete and relevant sports institution. They were treated like gentlemen, men of honor. (more…)