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June 20, 2013

Special treatment, and what it does to a national team

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 8:08 pm

In the Oz team, Lucas Neill was playing despite having a club earlier.  Was playing in a friendly despite not being able to play in the qualifier that followed.  Holman has been persisted with despite not getting game time with his club.

I look over to Japan, and Endo and Konno are playing despite being in J2, and Maeda plays despite poor club form.

These guys are all known quantities, coaches know what they are getting when they call on these old hands.  And the coaches can argue that they got it right.  Australia finished well, and guys like Neill and Holman played well and gave leadership.  Japan was the first country to qualify, played well against Italy.

But I think there is some real damage being done to team unity and morale when you play favourites within teams.  Different rules for different people.  How can non-favourites not resent that?  Creates an us and a them within a team when there should only  be a we.

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