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Nemanja Vidic Exposes Staggering Salaries Within Serbian Football

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Salman Khan
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Nemanja Vidic Exposes Staggering Salaries Within Serbian Football

In a revealing interview with NIN, former Serbian national football team captain and recent presidential candidate for the Football Association of Serbia (FSS), Nemanja Vidic, exposed the annual salaries of the national team's head coach, Dragan Stojković, and his staff to be a staggering eight million euros. This disclosure has ignited concerns over the high expenditures given the team's status as a young team with limited revenue sources. Over two years, this figure skyrockets to 16 million euros.

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Exorbitant Expenditure

These figures were validated by Mirko Poledica, a fellow member of the FSS Assembly. He noted that while the coaches of younger categories earn around 200,000 dinars annually, the A team's staff raked in 16 million euros over two years. This substantial sum forms a significant chunk of the FSS budget. Poledica revealed that a whopping 30 percent of the FSS budget is allocated for the salaries of the head coach and his staff, a fact that has left many incredulous considering the overall budget of the FSS.

Comparison with Wealthier Nations

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When comparing these salaries to those in wealthier and more successful countries, the disparity is stark. Spain's coach, De la Fuentes, earns a relatively modest 1.35 million euros per year, while Italy's coach, Luciano Spalletti, makes three million euros annually. These figures illuminate the disproportionate distribution of the FSS budget and the potential implications it may have on the hiring of high-profile coaches who may demand even higher salaries in the future.

Funding Sources and Implications

The FSS is partly funded by the budget of the Republic of Serbia, which means that the Serbian taxpayers are involuntarily contributing to these hefty salaries. Vidic's revelations have sparked a broader debate about the financial management within the FSS and what this could mean for the future of Serbian football. The exorbitant salaries of the coaching staff, as opposed to the limited resources available to the young team, raise questions about the priorities and ethics of the FSS management.

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