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11-05-2012, 07:14 AM
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Vicente
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Originally Posted by Atas2000 View Post
Why in the world should any league have priority over national teams? The focus on national teams has nothing to with the cold war or the previous century. It's themost normal thing in sports. The national team is the best a country can offer. Thus international tournaments have the highest level of competition no league can offer.

NT players who'd go to the respective NT will play a fair amount of friendlies before the WC. Staying in shape is not the problem.
We should get one thing right. IMO clubs and national teams have the same amount of importance in football, ice hockey, basketball, handball etc. !! It's just a completely different thing so we shouldn't give one a priority about the other.

And in today's world you cannot say a NT is better than a club team as a club can chose any player worldwide while a NT is formed of the best players of one country. This way the Boston Bruins are far better than Norway or Denmark and the Russian NT is better than Vityaz Chekhov for example.

You can have strong club and national team tournaments off course. One does not make the other one worse.

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