is club football harming the world cup?
June 17, 2010 6:14am CST
this is something which really resonates in the current context,as the number of injuries to the big players mostly which were sustained during their club commitments is pavinga way for a dissapointing world cup so far,only the germany match was really watchable for me.So,what is that these players like ballack,drogba etc can't place their national commitments over their club commitments,it's a very bizzare situation to be in,as football world cup is the highest tournament of any order for any soccer enthusiast,but what is happening is that all these major players get injured as the world cup approaches and sit and watch the cup from their home or by the sidelines,who really suffers is the country which has to look for secondary and not world class alternatives,while on one hand it's gives an oppurtunity to lesser known players,a case in example is frank ribery,who shone as a star in the last world cup and was later recruited by bayern munich,which was really good for france,but hese ases are far by and few!the question is on the players,they should make the decision whether country or their club comes first,i think most of the players now prefer to play for their clubs as it offers much more money and in some cases the clubs forbid the players from pursuing their national commitments,which is very much the case,so it's upto the players to decide!
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17 Jun 10
Once every four years this query comes up. Especially when you have big stars missing due to injuries. I guess the players need to earn their wages and if the clubs provide it to them then they need to work for that. Having said that players should be smart enough to take care of themselves before the world cup. For e.g. Ballack could have been a bit soft especially as Chelsea were leading and it was their last match of the season!! But it is not so easy to switch on and switch off on the field. Cheers! Ram