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Old 06-25-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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So as you may have noticed, a few of the European heavyweights have seen some disappointing results. Here's a snippet from an AP piece featuring quotes from the Italian football boss:

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Abete lamented the large number of foreign players in Serie A, referring to how Inter Milan won this year's Champions League without a single Italian player in its starting lineup.
"These problems don't involve just Italian football, it's a Europe-wide problem," Abete said. "We don't have enough players with international experience."
Abete said he would put a priority on developing younger players and improving relationships with the country's clubs, coaches and youth programs.
"The European Union and UEFA have also got to realize what the problem is, because if we can't develop this sport better, the risks won't affect just one or two federations but all the European teams," he said. "We've already seen how much the European powers have struggled at this World Cup and how well the South Americans are doing."

So what do you think is behind the swoon? Is the top clubs' practice of building teams by buying foreigners hurting the national teams?
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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So as you may have noticed, a few of the European heavyweights have seen some disappointing results. Here's a snippet from an AP piece featuring quotes from the Italian football boss:




So what do you think is behind the swoon? Is the top clubs' practice of building teams by buying foreigners hurting the national teams?
Italy and France are out but it is hardly a swoon as yet. Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, England, Germany and Slovakia are still in the competition. There is still a lot of football to be played and I would not pre-empt the post-mortems.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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I don't know, maybe its the vuvuzelas? The climate? Playing in the southern hemisphere v. northern?
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