FIFPro, that's me
Mario Cizmek: 'Yes, I did fall in the trap of match-fixing'
Mario Cizmek is a footballer who has lost everything he had. The former Croatian youth international is one example of players being victims of match-fixing and not the culprits. Mario is one of many examples. 'I have lost everything.'
‘You will benefit from playing at FIFPro Tournament’
Next weekend some 125 professional footballers will gather to show their skills at the FIFPro Tournament in order to find a new contract. Three Portuguese players talk about their experiences from the 2009 FIFPro Tournament.
Daryl Kavanagh: ‘Rehab is the best thing I’ve ever done’
Nine months ago Daryl Kavanagh emerged from rehab for alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. The MVP of the FIFPro Winter Tournament talks about how he saved his career as a professional footballer.
I, Suleyman Obeid, a Palestinian footballer…
This is the story of a footballer, Suleyman Obeid, a Palestinian. This is a story of a war. This could, and should, be a sad, horrible, inhuman story describing man's stupidity and cruelty. It's not. This a story of hope.
Anton Hysén is gay and a footballer: ‘We don’t bite’
‘I am a footballer and I am gay.’ Anton Hysén instantly made the headlines in Sweden and in many countries around the world by coming out as gay. FIFPro and the Swedish Show Racism the Red Card recently interviewed him.
Olivier Bernard: ‘I simply refused to accept a job’
Olivier Bernard had a short career as a professional footballer, but the former defender is very important to the game of football, thanks to a legal battle. He talks about his health, anti-racism and the Bernard Case.
Boban Dmitrovic: ‘Matches in Serbia are fixed’
‘I find it difficult to talk about this issue, but I have to tell everything I know for the future of the children playing football.’ Boban Dmitrovic shocked Serbian football with his revelations concerning match fixing.
Kodjovi Obilale: the future belongs to him
Kodjovi Obilale, formerly a goalkeeper for Togo, recently visited the French footballers' association UNFP. Fifteen months after the machine-gun attack he is determined to fight and win back his right to a man’s life and dignity.
Thomas Broich: ‘I’m preparing for life after football’
‘I read that 20 to 25 percent of the players in Germany have financial problems after their career. I don't want that to happen to me. A proper education gives me the opportunity to lead a successful life once I finished football.'
Arkadiusz Onyszko: ‘Polish footballers must learn about solidarity’
‘Poland is a weird country. We are part of the European Union, therefore an employee should have the same rights in Poland as anywhere else in the EU. But this is not the case. That’s the way it is. I don’t understand why.’
Sebastián Barrientos: ‘What doesn't kill you makes you strong’
Sebastián Barrientos was a talented striker from Chile. But he had to stop playing at the age of 22, due to health problems. Sebastián hasn't gone downhill. He's just started studying to become a professional trainer.
Jason Roberts: ‘I believe we can reach children’
‘I am fortunate enough to play in the Premier League and do a job that I love’, says Jason Roberts. ‘I feel it is my responsibility to share my knowledge to those less fortunate, to create a positive outlook in their lives.'
Alexandros Tzorvas: ‘Our lives are endangered’
‘The situation is out of control. Our lives are endangered.’ Alexandros Tzorvas is the Panathinaikos and Greek national team goalkeeper. He talks about the situation in Greece, where fans have attacked footballers.
Nikola Nikezic: ‘They said I was going to be disabled'
‘If I remain silent, this history will repeat itself.’ Nikola Nikezic wants to talk. The forward from Montenegro was brutally forced by Russian club FC Kuban to terminate his contract.
Fabien Lemoine: 'At first, I wanted to live'
Fabien Lemoine of Stade Rennais Football Club fractured a kidney on the second day of this year's championship. Surprisingly quick, he has returned to playing. Fabien tells his story.
Michael Stewart: a club in Turkey but no money
‘The first 100 percent offer I received came from Turkey, from Gençlerbirligi. They offered me big money, it was very difficult to refuse.’ But Michael Stewart's stay in Turkey brought him more problems than happiness.
Jakub Blaszczykowski: 'At home you need someone to talk to’
Jakub Blaszczykowski was voted Best Polish Player of 2010 in a vote organized by the Polish footballers’ association. 'Kuba' talks about his life as a footballer: 'It’s better for a player to have someone waiting at home.'
Ulrik Laursen: from footballer to physiotherapist
Ulrik Laursen from Danish champions FC Copenhagen has chosen to put his boots on the shelf and start a new chapter in life. With help from Study4player, the defender started studying to become a physiotherapist.
FIFPro, that's me
FIFPro, that's me is a column in which FIFPro puts 50,000 professional footballers under the world's close scrutiny. What are the positive aspects of the profession? How do they survive in a footballing world that's occasionally difficult? What tips would they give to a professional colleague? What does the professional future look like after a footballing career? The footballer speaks: his story is also the story of FIFPro.
‘Only a few scientific studies have been done about the long-term social-medical problems that arise as a consequence of a career in top sport’, says Vincent Gouttebarge, former professional footballer turned scientist.
After a long wait, the severe heart attack suffered by the Luis Flores Abarca (Ñublense) during a game against Palestino - inl 2009 - has been acknowledged as an accident at work, so he will be getting an invalidity pension.
FIFPro visited Didier Drogba, the captain of the national team of Ivory Coast and honorary president of FIFPro Division Africa. Drogba talks with FIFPro about football in Ivory Coast and his new adventure in China.