The accountant Jose Pedro Damiani, president of the club, received Penarol.org in his office on Reconquista street.
At a time when the possibility of carrying out a transfer package is being commented in all the media, the corners and the tribune, when the club has been coming back in the Qualifying table and after the elimination of the Libertadores, Damiani spoke of all the themes for the official website of Peñarol.
How is the current situation in Peñarol?
Uruguayan soccer is totally unviable because of the tickets that are sold, because of the expenses that the show itself has and fundamentally because it seems that there is a disbelief of people to go to soccer. The public goes to other shows. In view are the tickets that are sold and the collections. For the price of the tickets compared to the dollar value prices in all of America and around the world, it seems that in Montevideo an amateur football was played.
Why do you think people stopped going to watch football?
The fact that important matches are seen on live television has brought a disbelief. You can see the advertising in many bars in which you see football eating a pizza. Anyway we have very, very valuable players. The proof is that an entrepreneur wants to buy a package and not players and we understand that valuable players do not go in packages because each one has an individual value. Above all, there is a provision here that players, when transferring, they have 20% of the final value for them and it is very difficult in a package to determine how much one is worth, how much the other is worth and the other. That is the reason for the gunner of a negotiation that you may have seen on the Internet and because it has an echo and every day there is a page in all the newspapers about this operation. It is evident that Peñarol, even though it has an economic and financial lag, for now cannot carry out operations that result in medium or immediate difficulties. That is the reason for the gunner of a negotiation that you may have seen on the Internet and because it has an echo and every day there is a page in all the newspapers about this operation. It is evident that Peñarol, even though it has an economic and financial lag, for now cannot carry out operations that result in medium or immediate difficulties. That is the reason for the gunner of a negotiation that you may have seen on the Internet and because it has an echo and every day there is a page in all the newspapers about this operation. It is evident that Peñarol, even though it has an economic and financial lag, for now cannot carry out operations that result in medium or immediate difficulties.
Is it time to do this player transfer operation?
I do not believe. I was with (businessman Francisco) Casal a few days ago and he did not talk to me about players or transfers and we would meet the following Friday. As he travels so much, he did not know what time or anything, and he met with the Peñarol Board of Directors, in a meeting in which I did not participate.
What did you think of that idea?
He didn’t even care what he had told her. Why the players in a pack? Players are not furniture. How much do you have? How much are you worth of this package? Is it useful for Peñarol? The player has by right, by rule and by regulation, 20% of the amount of his transfer.
Does Peñarol need to sell Carlos Bueno now?
I have been president of Peñarol for 16 years and 40 as a leader. I was treasurer, counselor, everything. They called me the fireman, because he put out all the fires. Well, he is a player who obviously has a commodity that is the goal that is the sustenance of football and is the result. He is at his best and we are not going to deny Bueno, even if it is a very big blow for Peñarol in sport,
This operation goes with the sporting sacrifice. And that is clear. Possibly I absorb the solutions, because I always said in all circumstances that the president is the one who has to give the solutions.
There are people who say that for the second semester they want to strengthen the team, that the squad is short. We have a campus whose monthly budget is $ 120,000 and we raise $ 10,000 per month, this year and it was the average of last year. So take a look at the miracle.
The miracle was that we have tried to ensure that the five-year period of Peñarol was not equaled by another five-year period of Nacional. It was the fourth step to get to the fifth. We brought in Chilavert, which was ultimately what prevented Nacional from winning. And that he gave the championship to Peñarol, not so much because of what he saved, but they did not shoot the goal for wanting to ensure it and also put a professional order within the team in the last semester that apparently we do not have now.
Do you understand that it is still feasible to transfer players from club to club?
I think so. The other day before the end of the visit of the Tenfield businessmen, a surprise visit because they were not scheduled to come, we had an offer of $ 2,000,000 free for Peñarol and it had been accepted.
Can you imagine that these proposals can come to fruition?
It was clear. I had asked for authorization to sign the agreement that left 2,000,000 dollars free for Peñarol, and that had to increase what had to be paid to the players. 20% to Good and 5% transfer tax. It is clear that money obviously has a different value for us. If you see what people earn, or the minimum wages obviously do not compare with what they earn in the world.
Can that operation that they proposed you come to fruition?
That operation has already been stand by, because this other one appeared and there are other leaders in the club. I am the one among my peers, but they are negotiating and talking. I have shown him a sheet of a whole newspaper talking about the package, and yesterday they talked about me saying that the Onion was non-transferable. The packages have their individual value, even if it is a package in a whole, the one who makes the package says this is worth 10, this is worth 4, this is worth 1 and there it adds up and gives the total.
How do you imagine this all ends?
In nothing, in nothing. In a conversation. We have long-standing obligations and we have officially transferred the right to players to Bengoechea, Cedrés and coach Gregorio Pérez of a percentage of the transfers, to pay what we owe him. Always falling behind for the gunner’s reason.
How are the youth divisions of the club?
For the expense it would seem that we work too well. We have twenty-something guys from the inside, screened and recruited by talent scouts. We have at the Kolping College at a cost of more than 250 thousand pesos per month, nothing more than a hotel, 300 boys, who are also working at the Santa Rita.
Here there is no for all this. The number of clubs has been expanded and it is a lie to really play this integration as it is played. There is the expense of going inside. It happened the other day that Peñarol’s third division was playing in the preliminary of the first, the game was suspended due to rain on Friday, they did not notify Peñarol, the team went to Maldonado and did not play.
How is soccer made viable in Uruguay?