What are we to read into the fact that not a single Premier League player was nominated in any category for the World Cup awards?
The fact that the German Bundesliga provided most of the winning team and a good proportion of the nominees accounts for some of this. But Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker all play their football in England and failed to get a nod.
Similarly, the English-based members of the Argentinian squad - Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis - all failed to impress the judges despite four of their compatriots being selected and Lionel Messi actually winning the Golden Ball.
I suppose we might take some comfort that Javier Mascherano, Arjen Robben and Paul Pogba all did play for English teams at one time though, in truth, none of them hung around for that long and they weren't the players then that they are now, especially Pogba.
But it is inescapable that six of the nominees were from the Bundesliga and five from just one club - Bayern Munich. The German project relies on an inter-locking of club and national interest with each supporting the aims of the other and this seems to produce not just an outstanding team but players who develop as well.
There is no such arrangement in the Premier League, though the same could be said of the Spanish, Italian and French leagues yet they all provided players who performed well enough to impress.
Perhaps it was just a freak occurrence. Luis Suarez probably would have figured had he not disgraced himself yet again. If the England team had survived a bit longer, some of the younger players might have caught the eye. Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure play for unfashionable countries and Zabaleta and Demichelis were perhaps unlucky not to figure at all. Or maybe there is some deeper significance.
Premier League myth
I think the myth that the Premier League is the world's best has been exploded already by the recent performances of teams from the German and Spanish leagues in the Champions League.
Chelsea did get lucky and manage to plunder a CL win in 2012, but generally English teams have struggled, even those like Manchester City who have spent several hundred millions on players.
Perhaps it is true that English teams play too many games, though the squads are so big now that this really shouldn't be an excuse. Maybe the real problem is that the Premier League is the repository of overpaid, underperforming footballers who mostly come for the money and not the game. So, while stifling local talent, the influx of overseas players doesn't even increase the quality of play appreciably.
Those who have watched Suarez, Robin van Persie and Toure in recent seasons might disagree. But it didn't take long for Suarez to engineer his 'dream move' to cash rich Barcelona and Toure seems to be finding new excuses to want away from City every week.
Even Van Persie abandoned Arsenal for greener pastures and probably would have bailed on Manchester United had David Moyes stayed in charge. The Germans seem to be committed to the club, country and cause. They have stuck it out and reaped rewards with Bayern and Germany. Perhaps that is why they succeed on all levels.
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