Stopping the naturalized citizen trend

April 24, 2005
By David Mosse
The time has come for FIFA to examine an increasing trend that threatens to undermine the integrity of the international game -- the use of naturalized citizens. Unless the eligibility standards are changed, coaches will soon be forced to devote practice time to teaching players the words to their country's national anthem.

While minnows have long effectively borrowed ringers to bolster their squads, sadly, some of soccer's biggest powers are resorting to the same practice. If Portugal ...

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