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With club sides disrupted again just days before the season starts (or has already started in some countries), should we see an end to meaningless matches for countries?


With only three days until the start of the Premier League season, clubs have been disrupted this week by the latest round of international friendlies, and some are beginning to question the role that these matches play in the football calendar.

The friendlies offer a chance for national bosses to try out new formations and tactics, as well as getting the team together to bond away from domestic football.

There is also a chance to reward players that they may feel deserve caps before they are thrown in at the deep end on a competitive stage.

But, it does come at a cost. The extra training and matches offers the increased likelihood of injuries, and the costly consequence of fatigue.

Some players, such as Manchester United's new signing Shinji Kagawa, will have to travel half way around the world, and then back again, to represent their country only a matter of days before being required for their club (from whom they make their living).

As well as this, there is the argument that there are already enough competitive fixtures for national teams to compete in. For example, Spain have already played at Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games this summer, so is there really a need for another friendly for the world and European champions?

There is also the question of whether the friendlies generate enough interest. For example, Wembley sometimes doesn't sell out with the England team competing in friendlies. It could be said that this is due to high price of tickets - but that would still mean people are not willing to pay the money charged.


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Poll of the Day: Should international friendlies be permanently scrapped?