It's time to stop international friendlies
Top players are playing too often and risking injury in meaningless matches
What will it take to stop the staging of pointless International friendlies during the busy league season?
Many players play in every game with their respective clubs and some even end up having to play every game for their countries too. Many managers in the leagues complain that their players are not playing to the best of their ability for their clubs and this is clearly down to them having to play non stop for both club and country.
International friendlies have to stop because the more they go on, the more that the top teams will struggle to keep their top players fit and healthy throughout the season.
If the winter break was bought in to force then the breaks in the season for friendlies would be able to be moved in to the winter break or players would get a break mid way through the season and would return fitter and able to continue the rest of the season without fatigue and struggle.
I think managers in top leagues around the world should stamp down more authority when it comes to friendly matches and pull together to get them banned or even cut down so they are not played as much.
Top players have to go all around the world with their countries just to play friendly matches and some only sit on the bench but are affected by the journey they take, some who play also suffer injuries which some of the time rules them out for a long period of time and so they are not able to take part in playing important matches for their clubs.
One example of this can be taken from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who has asked England manager Roy Hodgson to manage the usage of midfielder Jack Wilshere carefully and he has asked that the player be played for only one of the international friendlies between England and Chile and Germany.
Another example we can take is from Bayern Munich who allowed some of their players to play in their first international friendly, however, asked for the players to be sent home after and to miss the second friendly game in order for the players to prepare for their league game in Germany for the German League.
If more managers did this then friendly games would most certainly have to be stopped as the teams would be very short of players.
The most recent of victims to suffer a big injury is Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira who suffered ruptured ligaments in his right knee and who has now been possibly ruled out for what could be seen as the rest of the season and he even faces the risk of missing next year's World Cup. However had the friendlies not of taken place and had he not have played then this would not have happened.
Breaks for qualifying matches or for matches that mean something are understandable, however friendly matches are pointless games that should be stopped or fans and league clubs risk the loss of their top players due to injury or lack of energy and also risk the loss of winning trophies if many top players are injured.
It is clear that something has to be done with regards to international friendlies or top clubs will be at a bigger loss than smaller clubs.
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