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Moving Abroad – How Beneficial Is It Really?

The South African Premier Soccer League may not be the most glamourous football league. Young aspiring footballers in the modern game are constantly fed with the idea that there is no football like European football.

Also, it is every player's dream in Mzansi to make the move from South Africa to Europe, in the hopes of seeing their names in lights in some of the toughest European leagues. However, are all European moves for South African players beneficial?

The bulk of our best talents in South Africa often find themselves being recruited to countries like Belgium, Turkey and occasionally the Dutch league. Also, many of these leagues are not much more competitive than the PSL in South Africa.

Apart from footballing reasons, living in Europe is not for the fainted hearted. Braving the cold, wet snow every day is not pleasant to say the least and is a huge contrast from the rather pleasant weather conditions in South Africa.

Yes, one could argue that in terms of development, players become better technically in Europe as opposed to playing locally. In a nutshell, what it really is, is players would sacrifice rather comfortable living conditions to play in a mediocre European league for little bit of tactical astuteness.

Other than playing in the English Premiership and Spanish La Liga, which is rarely the case for many South African footballers at present, is a move abroad to a lesser competitive European league really worthwhile? Share your opinions with us!


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