Football or education?

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Members of the Lebanese National Football team were on Tony Baroud’s show on LBC the other day and few of them were complaining on how they are being neglected by the government (even though they got 10,000,000LBP for their win over Korea).

I fully agree with their demands to finance properly the football and other national teams, and recruit young talents and train them properly; however football is not a substitute to education or a professional career, at least not in Lebanon.

In fact, one of them was complaining on how he quit university and work to dedicate his life to football and the national team, and was worried he’d suffer financially after he retires and only get to work as a cab driver for example. Well if you chose to dump school and play football in a country like Lebanon where we don’t even have decent football fields, then you are doing it wrong.

Football in Lebanon is weak and needs a major push, so let’s hope a win or draw tomorrow against UAE will encourage investors to pour money into our Lebanese football clubs and the national team.

4 thoughts on “Football or education?

  1. Scirocc0

    ba3d ma dafa3oulon l 10 000 000 LBP 😛
    bishoufo l marikh w mabishoufowon … alla yse3id l 3alam ma7ada bya3ref 3end l tene shou fi

  2. Richard

    They should be forced to play for their universities for 3-4 years until they graduate and only then can they be recruited by clubs and by the national team! i.e. No one without a:
    1) High school degree
    2) University degree
    should be allowed to play for the national team — Law can’t be enforced on privately owned clubs though but should still be encouraged also.

    1. Najib Post author

      There are poor people unable to get even into public schools. I can’t force everyone to go to school but what I am saying is that you don’t take a gamble by playing football while leaving aside your job and education.

      Public schools in Lebanon should be enhanced and financed properly to support such activities and find young talents.


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