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Pain of international friendlies

Our season kicks off proper on the 16th August though we play the first leg of the CL qualifier against FC Twente on the 12th. One week later, starting on the 23rd, we then have a schedule of 3 games in 7 days with against Fulham, FC Twente and Newcastle. In between many of our players are unlikely to be putting their feet up.

FIFA has published on its website a worldwide orgy of 44 international matches to be played on the 20th August - 4 days after the opening game and 3 days before the 2nd! Only six of them are meaningful world cup qualifiers. Thirty-eight matches involving 76 teams are friendlies to be played all over the world. Few teams are left out Togo and Ivory Coast play at the same time as France, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands and England. While Mexico has a WC qualifier against Honduras. All of this at a time when the Olympics football competition, which has also taken players away, is still going on.

Arsenal has had some poor luck with injuries sustained in international competition but we aren't alone, this affects all clubs. In particular those in Europe whose seasons are now getting underway. There is barely a nation that isn`t playing and few of our regular first teamers are likely to miss out. Let`s hope Domenech hasn`t yet discovered a sudden admiration for Clichy and Sagna.

It is a forlorn hope that FIFA will ever begin to understand that the success of its money making but otherwise pointless exhibition friendlies is wholly dependant on the success of club football. By allowing competition on this scale where 88 national teams all compete on the same day risks damaging the goose that lays FIFA's golden eggs.

It isn`t FIFA that organises these games but someone must be responsible for co-ordinating footballing federations. I can understand the need for federations to raise revenues to invest in the game though far too much of it seems to benefit the lifestyles of it`s executives as much as the game itself. But the timing of these games seems to colour them as more footballing parasites than a force for the greater good of the game.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 4 2008

Time: 1:28PM

Your Comments

D@mn.. how much longer can we keep the best full-backs in the EPL under wraps and out of Domenech's reach..? No matter how stupid, he's bound to find out about them at one point and it looks pretty likely now, especially with their oldies like Thuram retired.. :/
Lou the Gunneress
I cant beleive Domenech is still in charge. good for us though. So the players that would play I guess are Cesc, Gallas, Toure, Ramsey, RVP, Ade, Bendtner, Vela and Nasri. Other players like Eboue, Walcott, Djourou, Senderos and Fabianski may also be called up. Thats the trouble with having a good squad!
gazzap
At this rate, maybe Ramsey can get to sit on the Wales bench too (he's played in their under-age levels)... I'm thinking who WON'T go, we're left with injured Rosicky, Kolo, Bischoff, maybe Denilson, Diaby, Wilshere, Hoyte, Traore and Almunia only. Who knows, the new Spain coach might bring want to try Almunia ahead of Andres Palop on their bench.
Lou the Gunneress
I hadn't seen this article until after Id written the one above. But it's amazing how the themes intertwine. In fact, the title 'you just don't get it' could easily have been affixed to this too.
Little Dutch
It just shows how many hangers on are trying to feed from the same trough. You can spend 3 months looking forward to your club being able to compete succesfuly in the important competitions. Shelling out big money to follow them to find that others are determined to milk the club you help finance but give nothing in return. Pimping isn't too harsh a word to describe their activities.
Amos.
The guys at Fifa obviously don't understand the game. They don't see footballs in their eyes, its only pound signs. Yes have international friendlies but not as many as we have had. I think the best way to get through to these guys is to just all stop going to international games and watch them at home on the tele with a cold beer and a takeaway. happy days!
itsup4grabsnow
How pointless - we've been waiting months for the season to start, only for it to be interrupted immediately. I fail to see any logic in the scheduling.
prits
I can't even think about this insanity, if I do I'll wind up destroying my PC.
jaelle
I doubt the new Spain coach will want to play Almunia instead of Palop. Unless he is REALLY an idiot ;)
alexbaruch1993
Is the 2nd leg game confirmed Tuesday. Still no confirmation on the site which makes booking travel really ******** difficult thank you UEFA you utter dip*****s.
Little Dutch
I stopped watching England friendlies ages ago. What's the point when the players don't even seem interested?
monkeyg
International Friendlies at the start of the EPL is just wrong! Why do FIFA think they can just put on these matches without thinking about what effect they will have on the Domestic Leagues. The Players get paid by the clubs therefore I think that the clubs should be able to say No to their players playing in meaningless Friendlies! Also I don't like the fact that sometimes the players get injured and the FIFA doesn't seem to want to pay any compension to the clubs, this should be the laest the FIFA should do!
hackneyval
 

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