Same day as Erling Braut Haaland scored his five historic goals in the Champions League, Lise Klaveness took the floor at the Fifa congress in Kigali in Rwanda where the controversial Fifa president Gianni Infantino will be re-elected for four new years on Thursday. Without an opponent. The Swiss has held the position since February 2016 when he had to take over from the scandal-ridden Sepp Blatter.
At the last Fifa congress in Doha in Qatar last year, Lise Klaveness made her historic debut when she addressed both the World Cup host and Fifa opposite. It has earned her a number of awards in the Norwegian public, but less attention in the world of football. And some resistance.
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In Fifa the mechanisms are still so that sporting achievements quickly become the biggest talking points. Right now, Erling Braut Haaland is the football world’s most sensational phenomenon and it is noticed where he comes from. We have noticed it ourselves when we have moved in international forums. “Haaland, Haaland”, is associated with Norway.
It’s a hero new situation. In the Fifa environment, Norway has always been a sporting parenthesis, as you become when the rule is that you almost without exception never qualify for the World Cup play-offs. In this assembly, Norway is the best at grassroots football.
We don’t think so Brauten’s scores open all doors for Klaveness, but in the small-talk sessions she gets to use it for what it’s worth. Norway is the only nation to come to the Fifa congress with a proposal on how to follow up on the human rights violations in Qatar. From experience, this assembly will look more forward than backward, but we can hope that it will at least get the support of some Western countries.
Klaveness proper fight is to get into the Uefa board (Europe) at their congress next month in Lisbon. This is how the arduous process of changing football’s international bodies can begin. But it is infinitely far ahead.
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You don’t beat yourself up up in Uefa and Fifa by shouting the loudest and insulting the most, but by acting tactically with common sense and good rhetoric. Then you also have to play partly as a team with your opponents, before you can pull the last trick and put the ball in the cross. Klaveness has also managed that in his football career. Haaland was taken off the field after his fifth goal against Leipzig on Tuesday evening. Pep Guardiola explained that he must have new records to strive for.
On Tuesday it finally happened resolved that The football World Cup will consist of 48 nations in the play-offs, which obviously increases the possibilities of getting Norway to the World Cup in Mexico, the USA and Canada in 2026. But there is no guarantee. In parallel with this, Lise Klaveness will fight for her positions internationally. Success will hardly come as quickly as Braut Haaland’s scores, but it can help to have a contributor on the field. When Haaland was asked after the goal celebration what he could improve on, he replied to make his teammates good. To get them in better positions. Lise Kvaleness also scored many goals in her active career. Now the role is completely different. But for her too, the next match is the most important. With or without Haaland on the team.
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