From an Arsenal point of view we have a prime example in Santi Cazorla, a player who was part of Spain’s Confederations Cup squad this summer, as well as the successful European Championships campaign the year before. When you consider in the fact that he was also involved in the 2011 edition of the Confederations Cup, and won the World Cup in 2010, Cazorla has had at least four seasons without the full summer break to rest and recuperate. It’s hard to see this volume of football being anything other than excessive, and I’m in no way belittling international football, it’s just something to consider the next time he jets off to a faraway Latin American country to play in a meaningless midweek friendly.
In short, the stamina and endurance shown by these footballers across the globe is something quite incredible. Although a maximum of 90 minutes running around a field doesn’t seem that awe-inspiring, remember the pressure and expectation placed on the shoulders of these young men when multi million pound transfer fees are exchanged. So just bear in mind the amount of time these so called ‘prima donnas’ actually spend doing nothing the next time you’re complaining about them down the pub, but then again I don’t think they really mind, they’re laughing all the way to the bank.
So to celebrate the footballers and the fans dedication to the game, Ladbrokes are offering a FIFA 14 game to one of you lucky readers (we know from experience the amount of stamina necessary to play 12hours of FIFA without stopping). Make sure you check out the Ladbrokes endurance challenge if you think you have got what it takes.
To enter simply answer the following question:
How old is Mathieu Flamini?
*NOTE – Competition open to UK residents only*