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12 November

The Daily Insight
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New Contributor Joker da Vinci discusses the trials and tribulations of the International Break, and how it affects players in the Enlish Premier League.
  
After Sunday’s round of fixtures, club football takes a break for the third international break in as many months this November. With the international break now upon us, top-flight football across Europe takes a week off to the despair of fans all over the world. Further fuelling the debate on the relevance of international football today, as well as the rigorous calendar players have to follow every season, especially in English football.
 
Alexis Sanchez cut a shadowy figure on Arsenal’s wing in Sundays North London Derby against Spurs. To the disappointment of Arsenal fans and fantasy league managers alike, he failed to register a goal or an assist, something which he was fond of doing as epitomised in Arsenal’s 3-0 demolition of Manchester United some gameweeks back. We are all aware of his capabilities on the field and are also aware that players can have off-days. Hpwever, in the case of Sanchez on Sunday, it was clearly visible that he was tired. Prior to Arsenal’s fixture against Everton, Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying
 
“Alexis? You could see he was jaded physically. He still pushes himself too much and finished exhausted. Two games with Chile, plus travelling plus Watford and tonight. It’s too much.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The same sort of “burnout” has affected Luis Van Gaal who claimed prior to his team’s loss to Middlesborough in the Capital One Cup that his players were worn out.
"I have a lot of players in the red zone, because we have had a lot of matches and we have a lot of matches to play," Van Gaal said in the Guardian. "I have to see if I can use them or not. We need all the days to recover at this moment."
 
The upper echelon of English teams play four competitions per season: Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and either the Champions League or the Europa League. It cannot be disputed, with any level of credence, that English football isn't the most physical and intense product Europe's five major leagues offer—include the Christmas schedule and you have the makings for disaster.Clubs are generally shot by March. Lack of attrition (with the Premier League's much-improved middle class) explains England's recent slump in European football.
 
Players involved in the top 6 clubs in English football face, on a weekly basis, 3 fixtures within the space of 8 days. A Saturday fixture in the premier League, a Champions League, Europa league tie during a midweek, another league fixture in the weekend and yet another midweek fixture in the form of Capital one cup or Champions league return fixture. This is all outside the rigorous December period, where, unlike other league which have a Christmas break, English clubs play the most league fixtures. Come January, the FA cup commences and those that have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League have to prepare for those fixtures. A bit too much to stomach?
 
Many foreign coaches have been vocal about the rigours of English football calendar, let alone the pace and physicality of the game. What of the players? Who speaks for them? This tough calendar has been blamed on English club’s misfortunes in Europe where they face teams who play in 3 tournaments, not 4.
 
When Alexis Sanchez and a host of other South American players take their 10+ hour flights back to Europe aftera round of international fixtures and meet up with other players form other continent, who, in turn, have also had their fair share of fixtures, they will be under pressure from fan’s managers and themselves to overcome physical plateaus and shine in the toughest and most watched league in the world. Will the F.A ease their burden? One can only wait and see.
 
JDV is a musician, stage actor and featured columnist for FootyPurists. Follow him on Twitter @JokerDaVinci for more updates

9 November

The Scoreboard
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You’re busy, we get that. But, you so desperately want to stay informed. We’ve got your back! Full Voice Football have created The Scoreboard, which is a brief synopsis of the day’s most important headlines. In just five minutes you can go from out of the loop, to in the know.
  
On a day that featured sizable derbies in Europe, it was the MLS that grabbed the headlines. Four Conference Semifinal second legs were contested on Sunday, and the match of the day was in Dallas. Seattle Sounders entered their clash with FC Dallas in control of the tie with a 2-1 aggregate advantage, but it was FC Dallas who ultimately prevailed on penalty kicks. Seattle leveled the game, and took the aggregate lead, through Chad Marshall in the 90th minute, but FC Dallas struck back just a minute later to level the tie on aggregate (3-3). With no one scoring in the extra 30 minutes, FC Dallas prevailed on penalties (4-2). The other three Conference Semis saw New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, and Portland Timbers all advance. In the Premier League, the North London derby ended in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham scoring first through Harry Kane, and Arsenal leveling in the 77th minute through Kieran Gibbs. In northwest Germany’s largest rivalry, the Revierderby, Borussia Dortmund prevailed 3-2 over Schalke at the Signal Iduna Park. But, the goal of the day was not to be found in the US, England, or Germany. Instead, Barcelona’s Neymar did the unthinkable in a 3-0 home win over Villarreal at the Camp Nou in
  
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4 November

The Scoreboard
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29 October

The Scoreboard
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26 October

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