International football is never going to be as good as club football.
The simple mathematical reason for this is that a club has the privilege of choosing its players from a seemingly endless pool of billions, while a country can only choose its players from a much more limited number of millions (unless the country is China or India).
As we know, a lot of international team coaches are foreign – so can the whole coaching set up . For this reason, national team football is effectively a competition between countries, but only in regard to the players. Actually, not even that – players can play for a country without ever setting a foot in it.
A national team’s success could be completely disconnected from its nationality.
So what do we get? Well, basically just worse football, with the whole nationalistic charade attached to it.
If the big thing about international football is a competition between countries let’s make it exactly that:
- Players of national teams should only be chosen from a pool of players educated by academies within their country.
- Coaches can not be foreign, and must have an experience at coaching in their country.
- The sports apparel used by a national team should either be made by a local company, or a company that has a factory in the country.
- The medical staff should also come from the same country as the national team.
With these rules, France will be wearing Le Coq Sportif, Spain will not be wearing Adidas, Greece won’t be coached by a Portuguese and Turkey won’t be able to use German-educated players.
The football is crap, so why not at least make it a real competition between countries: Between their sporting set-ups, industries and health care systems.
These changes will make it a lot more interesting.