>>If your going to base an international event on the boundaries of present day countries why not limit each team to players who were born there....
Excuse me?!? What kind of a suggestion is this? Just because someone wasn't BORN in the States, you think he or she shouldn't play for the US team? Look, millions of Americans, like me, were born in other countries, yet they became NATURALIZED US citizens, and now have the same status as people who happened to be born in the States. Guess what, we have the same rights you do, including the right to play for US teams. America is a such a diverse country, composed of people from all over the world; why on earth should we limit something to people BORN in a particular place?
>>"Im sure if you look at the lineups for any team in Europe you will also find players born in various countries. So what stops countries from giving citizenship and passports to any good foreign athletes to improve their chances of winning???"
Since these cases are fairly infrequent, I don't think that this is such a huge problem. Nevertheless, I think that countries should apply the same naturalization criteria to star atheletes as they do to everyone else. But I also realize that, in the case of many countries, this is unrealistic. National prestige will always take priority.
Getting back to soccer...
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