In the sentence:

He made his debut for the national side on 5 June 2011. (Source)

does "national side" mean "national team"?

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    Hi spohreis. Can I draw your attention to our English Language Learners site which might be a better fit for questions like this. The 'national side' is the team of the nation. – DJClayworth Dec 20 '15 at 20:22
  • @DJClayworth. Thanks for your help! I did not know it. I will ask there. – spohreis Dec 20 '15 at 20:28
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Yes, in this sentence "national side" means the same thing as "national team", or the sports team that is the representative of the whole nation rather than a school, private club, or other organization.

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