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I don't think you're wrong, but I think maybe it's less of a big deal...

...then you are hypothesizing. Yeah, you probably don't want a roster full of late 20s/early 30s guys. But you don't want that at the club level.

Ultimately, you want the best players. And even a very skilled player that is very old (I'm thinking Pirlo in the last few years - skilled, but basically stands around a lot) may no longer be one of your "best" players. 4-5 days between games is plenty of time to recover from a game, barring injury. The amount of intense practice in between would certainly be limited. But I'm sure the practices are highly regulated for all players on such a compressed schedule.

In conclusion, youth is good, but not necessarily best. It all depends. I think it's a factor, but not necessarily a big one. If a guy can hang in his late 20s/early 30s that's all that matters. Jermaine Jones was 32 at the 2014 cup, was all over the pitch and easily the man of the tournament for the US. He has rapidly gone downhill since, but he was fantastic at 32.

Looking at the last two WC winners Germany falls more into that mid-20s wheelhouse, but Spain had relatively older players, generally speaking.

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Posted: 11/15/2017 at 10:59AM


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