Whether you are an Everton fan or a lover of the Bundesliga, this two weeks of separation from your loved ones is something we have all grown to despise on an annual basis.
It’s becoming more frequent for fans to dislike the international break as it seems to fall upon us far too often and so soon into the regular football season.
This is the second time we have had to part from our favourite teams this season and for a number of us, it’s becoming a difficult to bear. Whether you’re sitting comfortably at the top of the table or rock bottom, staring at the thought of relegation, it has become a tradition to hate the break from European football.
There are a number of reasons we all dislike the two week break, and here are five to fuel your frustration…
There’s nothing more depressing than your football team putting in a phenomenal performance and then having to wait a fortnight to see them play once more.
Regardless of teams at the top of the league, it’s teams who struggle at the bottom of the division and seemingly look like they have turned a corner. The two week break allows their players to play for their international sides and may not come back in the same form they left in.
You wouldn’t be a football fan feel some bit of pain having to wait a whole two weeks to see your team once again.
For managers, there is nothing more difficult than key players returning from an international break with an injury.
For example, last season Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero went away on international duty to represent Argentina and tore his hamstring – ruling him out of action for six weeks.
When players do leave on international duty, there’s arguably nothing more frustrating than seeing your favourite player return and not be fit to play for a number of weeks, if not months.
For more than a generation the national press have stated that England could emulate the 1966 World Cup success. Yet everyone is still waiting for that iconic Geoff Hurst moment once again.
England’s best competition finish since then was a semi-final place at World Cup 1990 in Italy when Sir Bobby Robson guided England to their successful tournament finish in the past 50 years.
The 2006 World Cup was England’s chance and the current crop of players are a million miles off achieving the iconic status of Sir Alf Ramsey’s side.
During the international break, the press seem focused on the national team and players who are about play for England. This is the time you struggle to get an insight into your favourite football club, unless it’s a story about how someone received a long suffering injury.
Whether it’s a juicy rumour or interesting story, everyone’s focus remains on the international football and your football club almost becomes an after thought to many.
The lack of football on television during the international break makes your boredom rise and force you to spent more time with loved ones – nightmare isn’t it?
With your favourite stars away on international duty you are now forced to cave into your partners demands of watching soaps and boring movies instead of sitting down watching a day of football followed by Match Of The Day in the evening time.
Every man and his dog cannot count down those two weeks fast enough after being forced to watch a week of Eastenders followed by an omnibus at the weekend.