African nations

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  1. We are all aware of the excellence of black athletes. Currently holding Olympic records in most running events, they certainly have speed off the mark and stamina.

    They are generally excellent physical specimens, and excel at most sports involving eye to hand, eye to foot co-ordination.

    So why do the African nations historically, never reach the pinnacle at the World Cup?
     
  2. Mental attitude, perhaps?

    A bit like those chaps in the white rig and lions badge, I suppose.
     
  3. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    As soon as they start a practice match the lions rush on and burst the ball, the team of course head off at a great speed (which explains the running speeds and fitness)
     
  4. Teamwork dear chap. Individually they are marvellous, put the fuzzy wuzzys together though and they just argue about who's comedy plastic glasses are bigger.
     
  5. But they seem excellent at the Nigerian email money scam, genocide involving vast numbers of people and nicking famine relief food. Not forgetting forged identities for failed asylum seekers.
     
  6. Why, oh why do I always try and give a serious answer!
     
  7. Just an off the cuff opinion.

    A winning World Cup team, certainly of late, is generally comprised of players who play top flight football in their home countries eg the winning Italian team in 2006, which had a fair few players from Juventus, the most successful team in Italian football. Playing for say, Juventus, means that a player gets to play in demanding matches on a weekly basis, forcing him to maintain high levels of fitness or face being deselected and, furthermore, play in European Cup/Champions League matches etc. The big European national teams are capable of putting together national squads drawing on players in exactly that situation.

    Players for African clubs don't get that exposure to top flight competition, as far as I can see, which puts them at a disadvantage when they face teams which do, such as in the World Cup. This does not mean, of course, that the African clubs can't produce excellent players - Drogba and Essien spring to mind - but those players then leave their native countries and don't contribute to home football. If Ivory Coast had a pool of players of Drogba's calibre on which to draw, it would stand a better chance in the competition.
     

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