Although the international break is the few weeks which some football fans enjoy the most, there can be no denying that it can cause lots of problems to domestic clubs and football in general.
International football is a spectacle, there is no doubt about that. It gives football fans from around the world a chance to back their country in multi-national tournaments in an amazing atmosphere. However, the international break does cause issues in football, both social and in terms of domestic football.
In terms of domestic football, the international break is a time which all league managers dread, as it causes many problems for their respective league campaigns. Most importantly, the international break causes problems for players.
The most obvious thing that can happen during an international break is that a player gets a long term injury that keeps them out for the rest of the season. Although this is a problem for their international team, it causes nothing but anger and problems for domestic managers as they know these problems are completely out of their control.
If a key player for a team gets injured during an international match then, domestically, that team could suffer especially if they don’t have cover in that position.
For example if Robin van Persie was injured during a Holland match, then Manchester United’s campaign could really suffer, as they would be missing a world class talent in their starting line-up.
If this happens, then it is frustrating for the managers, as they have no control whether that particular player plays internationally or not, and although this won’t always happen, if and when it does it could spell disaster for some teams.
Another main problem of the international break, is that it is played in a different intensity to league football, and on return to league football, the players could be less focused or driven to get their campaign started again.
If this happens and players don’t play with the same level of intensity when playing for their club, either their career or campaign could suffer. For example if a player has an easy international game, then a tough fixture of return to the league, it could be hard to regain the focus, therefore they could play poorly, and get dropped for the rest of the season, a problem that is solely caused by the international break, on the flip side, their team could suffer, possibly dropping a vital three points.
In term of football’s social aspects, the problems caused by the international break are almost endless. So many problems arise from different nationalities taking each other on.
International fans are some of the most infamous in football, and cause many issues during international matches.
Firstly there is the racism, that although has been reduced in recent years, the issue still resides in football, and during the international break, racism is at its most extreme.
International football is renowned for incidents like these, and they don’t look like stopping any time soon.
On top of racism, international football fans often having history of violence. How many times has there been headlines in newspapers of football fans being attacked abroad?
Too many times, and that has serious repercussions for the sport. Not only does it make football fans look bad, it makes football look bad for allowing such acts.
All of these issues are caused by international football, and all have serious knock on effects. Although I’m not saying the international break needs to be stopped, it needs to be moderated more closely to make it fair on players, fans and mangers alike.
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