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Wednesday Debate: Club or country?

January 9, 2013

Today I thought I’d deal with a frequently contentious issue in the sporting, and particularly football, worlds. Should a player prioritise club or country?

Nothing captures the imagination like the World Cup in football or rugby for each sport’s fans. International sport is also the pinnacle of many minor sports, where the club competitions are of negligible worth. For players to play for their country is a source of great pride for them and receiving a ‘cap’ has since the dawn of sport been the principal aim. Patriotism shows itself rarely better than when it comes to sport, as was demonstrated at last year’s Ivory Coast vs Senegal, when flag burning led to a pitch invasion and riot. AT A FOOTBALL MATCH. A GAME. International sport adds such an enormous edge that it’s unimaginable that the best players wouldn’t choose to play for their nation.

However, as seems to be the case all the time nowadays, professionalism has taken over. Sportsmen are more keen to enthuse themselves for matches which they are being paid. Moreover, the fact that they spend 80% of their time with their club teammates also means that they are bound to play better with them. Unfortunately, I myself am guilty of the final point, and that is that I find myself far more willing to watch Newcastle play than England. Club sports are far more interesting as over a season a story can be followed. A narrative that builds up over 9 or 10 months is more exciting than one that develops over mere weeks.

In summary, whilst in football I am more attached to my club, I would say in slightly less followed sports that I prefer international competition, purely for the spectacle that it tends to create.

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One Comment
  1. Very well written post. It will be useful to everyone who employess it, including myself. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

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