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Team tensions already emerging at World Cup
At World Cups past and present, team spats show egos as well as muscles need massaging
By MIKE CORDER
Associated Press
2014-06-10 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The World Cup hasn't even begun and already there's been a training ground run-in between two Dutch players and Cameroon's entire team delayed its flight to Brazil in a dispute over their tournament bonus.

Prodigious talent often goes hand-in-hand with oversized egos and managing them can be a full time job for team leaders in the pressure-cooker environment of the sport's showcase event.

Sometimes, players' feelings need as much massaging as their calf muscles.

"Conflict is inevitable," sports psychologist Bradley Busch of London-based mental skills training company Inner Drive said Monday. "It is what the team then does with it that is important."

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