Dumb Question

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by Fah Que, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Fah Que

    Fah Que Member

    Sep 29, 2000
    San Jose Earthquakes
    What's the purpose of international cup tie?

    Why adult soccer players can only play for one country? What's the purpose behind that fifa rule?

    Why can't the rule apply to coaches? Why a coach can manage several international teams, but players can only play for one country?
  2. comme

    comme Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    It's an interesting question.

    I'm not really sure why a player cannot switch allegiance, although I would think it is just to maintain consistency and prevent it getting to the stupid situation of a player playing for 4 different countries.

    There has recently been a rule change to state that a player can change his team if he is under 21, and a player can always change as long as he has not played in a competitive game.

    As for coaches, I have no idea why there is that distinction, other than the fact that they take no part on the pitch, and it is dificult to measure a coaches activity (eg when David Platt managed Sampdoria he was not officially the coach as he did not have his UEFA badges).
  3. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Real Madrid
    In the old days, many European teams will "steal" players from Latin America who are eligible for citizenship.
  4. argentine soccer fan

    Staff Member

    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
    CA Boca Juniors
    Nat'l Team:
    Maybe it was because Mussolini imported Argentina to win the World Cup.
  5. MightyBees

    MightyBees New Member

    Aug 16, 2003
    London, England
    I believe Veron has an Italian passport as well, could you imagine if he suddenly switched illegiance from Argentina to Italy

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