Re-elected Tuesday as the voice of Europe's top football clubs, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the continent should not be ashamed of its wealth and importance in the world game.
Rummenigge told The Associated Press in an interview that ''European football worked hard to arrive at this stage.''
''It's not something where we have to be ashamed. It's a fact, of course, that Europe is by far the most important continent in football,'' said the European Club Association chairman, whose duties in a renewed two-year mandate will include persuading FIFA to give his members a greater share of future World Cup revenues.
That request, after FIFA already agreed to distribute $70 million among clubs worldwide sending players to Brazil next year, is being made after European clubs spent heavily on players in the summer transfer window.
Real Madrid was criticized for its record 100 million euros ($132 million) purchase of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale during a Spanish economic downturn and hig...