Nationalities In Sports

26 Jun

World Cup 2010 fever is almost everywhere. News says that 4 billions people on earth are watching the games. What a nice info 🙂 Too bad that Indonesia seems wouldn’t be on World Cup in the nearest years. Maybe 7 generations after us? Ha!

Let’s not talk about it.

There is unique phenomena that I found in this World Cup, specifically, and in all kind of sports, generally. It’s about athletes and their nationalities. In World Cup case, it would be those football players and countries that they played on the national team for.

Famous example is Lionel Messi. He is an Argentine born but spent his childhood in Spain. Yet he chose to play for Argentina National Team though Spain would really love to have him on the team. At the moment, he is the youngest captain that Argentina ever has.

Another case is Lukas Podolski. He’s Poland but been asked to move to Germany by the country to play for their National Teams, both junior and senior. He moved, never looks back, and is having his golden era with Germany National Team.

Let’s have a look on Winston Reid. He was born on New Zealand, moved to Denmark when he was 9 years because he’s step-father is a Danish. In his 18th, he got his Danish Nationality along with his New Zealand Nationality. He played for Denmark Junior National Team, yet he chose to play for New Zealand in World Cup 2010 . He does this because the senior team didn’t call him and he really wanted to play on World Cup this year.

But no other case like the Boateng brothers. Kevin-Prince shares the same father with Jerome, who came from Ghana. They both were born and spend their childhood in Deutchland, also played for the Germany Junior National team. Yet Kevin-Prince chose to play for the country of his ancestor while Jerome chose to play for Germany, the blood that he got from his mother. And they both were on the field at the lastest match of Germany versus Ghana from the beginning, as rivals.


Let’s not talk about those players’ nationalisms. Let’s see from the point of view of countries that are been blessed to be chosed by the players to play on the national teams for.

Those countries are flexible with the nationalities of their citizens and not playing hard on the nationalization beauracracy. Citizens of New Zealand and Denmark may have 2 nationalities. Germany are always open to immigrants who have something special to offer to, like football great talents or aeronautical intelligencies (case of B. J. Habibie – red). Those who inherits chinese blood in their veins, where ever they were born, automatically also have Chinese Nationalities by the times they were born.

Take a look on Indonesia. It’s never been easy to apply for Indonesian nationality, up until now. Even if someone has done something great for the country. Ivana Lee and Li Yong Bo with their achievements in badminton for example.

And we can see which countries are harvesting the impacts of their policies and which isn’t. It really is Indonesia’s loss.

9 Responses to “Nationalities In Sports”

  1. Asop June 26, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Yap, the Boateng brothers, I pity them. 😦 They’re brothers, but, they can’t play together.. 😥

    • nadiafriza June 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

      actually im a bit mad with kevin-prince. he betrayed his country. then he injured Ballack’s leg so that Ballack couldnt compete in WC2010 boohoo *Germany’s supporter speaking :D*

  2. FiyaFiya June 30, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    hmm.. That Messy-Thing is new for me. Hehe.. I didn’t know that he’s originally from Spain.. Anyway, Lots of Holland Player also has INDONESIAN’S BlooD, But too bad they grown up in Holland.. I wonder if they grew up in Indonesia, that funtastic player will play for Indonesia..

    • nadiafriza June 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

      messy came from Argentina and spent his childhood in barcelona, spain 🙂

  3. hellgalicious June 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    coba kalo indonesia bisa ngadopsi orang luar,
    pasti bisa masuk piala dunia


    • nadiafriza June 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

      jangan.. ntar malah kayak sepakbola nya inggris

      mendingan dibolehin naturalisasi.. jadi pemain asing yg punya darah indonesia boleh membela tim nasional hehe 🙂

  4. colbin July 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    hugh…hugh…hugh…jadi terharu nech

    • nadiafriza July 4, 2010 at 12:24 am #

      sympathize to PSSI? not? no.. i dont n i wont. Nurdin Halid turun dulu baru deh saya mau dukung2 pssi lagi hehe

  5. uk football betting December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Good content, keep us updating, you are very good writer!

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