Fast Midfielder wrote:
On this website http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/konter-intl.html one can read following: Many of these matches (against "B", Amateur or Olympic teams) were considered as full international matches.
I think it is fair to include the B matches here. They are (or, at least, they were at the time) official for Luxembourg, and it is consistent with the RSSSF player caps data for most other players and countries. The RSSSF criteria for caps is based (usually) on national FAs official lists, where available, and not only on FIFA's criteria (which have changed many times, and are not consistently applied).
Whether we ourselves agree personally with the Luxembourg list, is another matter. Other readers may have more strict views, e.g. that both teams in a match should be full national teams.
As a researcher, I am in favour of the RSSSF policy of using the national lists where available. Where unavailable, my own policy is to be as inclusive as possible, but provide footnotes or clear labels to indicate where there is any potential deviation from a pure/strict A-vs-A match. This way, the casual reader can still make his own decision about which matches to discount.
So you can think of Konter's 77 games as a maximum, and then seek to decrease the number by imposing your own personal restrictions on the data.
I consider Roberto Mamrud's work on caps to be among the best published, particulary because, unlike most, he goes beyond his own country (and continent) to work on the "neglected" countries
Does anyone know which rule was changed in 1982?
I guess we need to know what precisely Roberto meant (I will ask him now), but I would assume he means the former FIFA rule which stated that an international A match needed only the home
team to field its A team. I thought that rule was changed around 1988-1990 period. If someone has the old editions of the FIFA statutes, that would clear it up.
The Malta FA website used to state this rule explicitly, to justify why some of Malta's early matches against non-A teams are listed as full internationals. Their new website doesn't keep the same statement, but here is a copy:
"Since 1953, FIFA defined an International 'A' Match as follows: An International Football Match A officially recognised by the Federation and subject to the provisions of Art.37 of the Statute shall be a match arranged between two National Associations who are members of the Federations and in which the home country fields its national representative team (Art.3 of the FIFA Regulations, 'Definition of Matches').
Hence, Malta's home matches vs Denmark XI (195, vs Italy 'C' (1961), vs Italy U21 (1984), vs England 'B' (1987) and others are recognised by FIFA as International 'A' Matches.
At the FIFA Congress held on June 6th, 1990, the definition was amended to read as follows: An International 'A' match shall be a match that has been arranged between two National Associations affiliated to the Federation and for which both Associations field their first national representative team.
Consequently, Malta's match vs Norway's Olympic Team in the Rothmans Tournament (1992) is not recognised as an International 'A' match in terms of the latest FIFA regulations."
It is unclear if FIFA intended the new rule to apply retrospectively to old matches, or only to apply to future matches. We have read from the IFFHS pompous statements about nobody having the right to delete a match (even though both IFFHS and FIFA do indeed delete matches), so as usual the situation is untidy.
For Konter's case, all the matches played at home
vs foreign B teams would be counted as A internationals for FIFA (using the old rule, i.e. the rule in force at the time of the match), but all the matches played away
against the same B teams would not.
Note that Konter's list also includes Olympic matches in 1959-60, which would not be considered A by FIFA (cf 1999 : ruling on deletion of Olympic matches since 1956).