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Burnout: Soccer stars 'reaching threshold of human endurance'

(CNN)Professional soccer players around the world are reaching breaking point under the strain of playing so many matches, according to a new "At the Limit" report by FIFPRO.Research from the organization, which represents players worldwide, says some stars are playing almost 80 games in a year, in addition to traveling thousands of miles to play for their international sides. Tottenham star Heung-Min Son played 78 matches over the last 12 months and traveled nearly 70,000 miles to represent South Korea at the FIFA World Cup, the Asian Games and in the Asian Cup. "To meet the demands of the match calendar, players are being repeatedly asked to play at their limit, without sufficient rest and recovery," said Theo van Seggelen, FIFPRO Genera ...
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