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Friday, August 25, 2006

Playing for your country: It's an honour....or it's compulsory

Apparently France coach Raymond Domenech has issued a warning to Chelsea's Claude Makelele in regard to joining the France team for the Euro2008 qualifiers. Makelele made his retirement clear from international football after the World Cup final, where he was one of a few excellent players for France, along with Lillan Thuram. Yet both have been recalled by Domenech.

If Makelele fails to join up, he faces a domestic two-game ban. Domenech made it clear to Makelele and Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho that Makelele had no choice. Now I am getting even more bewildered with football rules. Now a player has no choice but to play internationally even when he does not want to. What is that about? Did Domenech not speak to the players when they announced their retirement or decided to avoid that until the qualifiers are near and then felt brave to do so? And since it is not the national squad a player is contracted to, why is there an obligation? Surely there are other players who can fill the void.



Blogger BlindJak said...

While I’ve never understood retiring from international football, because it should be the pinnacle of your career etc, it is a person’s free choice. If the club are holding him back to conserve him for a game then I’m all in favour of domestic bans. But of a player chooses not to play, either through retirement or maybe personal differences with the coach, then their decision must be respected.

Baring in mind that Domenech has said he hasn’t even talked to Maka about his decision since the WC and you have to wonder at his man management skills. In the end I think this will come to nothing as the rules are to compel clubs to make players available not make players turn up.

8/25/2006 1:37 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Good point, BJ. It's not the club holding back but the player. Ludicrous that Makelele, as one player, must be compelled to attend out of retirement. The equivalent of that in the working sector where a manager calls back the 65 year old (and the carriage clock too) would be unthinkable.


8/25/2006 3:41 pm

Anonymous Nturtle said...

You must's a wierd kinda world where you can renounce your captaincy (beckham) when it really isn't yours to renounce...but then are BANNED from domestic football for not playing for your country (well...good try Domenech)...

It's not even club vs. country...just player vs country...and yet there is either too much choice...or no choice it seems!!! A funny funny world indeed...

8/25/2006 4:47 pm

Blogger T said...

A funny world indeed Nturtle... you can't make this story up it's so weird!

8/25/2006 6:02 pm


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