Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Football - Day 6 of A to Z Blogging Challenge - Things I love

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Now come on, you didn't expect me to choose anything else for today's topic, did you? And I must emphasize that by 'football', I mean the game that some people call 'soccer'. It could also be called 'association football'.

Football is the most popular sport worldwide. I have liked football since the age of 12 - so most of my life. The time I got into football was when the team I support, AFC Bournemouth, first got promoted to the old Second Division. Now, they are on the verge of being promoted to the top league for the first time ever. Fingers crossed. I am quite glad I like football, since I'm not into a lot of typically 'male' activities - maybe football helps me keep in touch with my more masculine side. My love for football is a bit irrational - perhaps like a woman's love for shoes - but I don't really care. I'm not quite sure what it is about 2 teams of 11 men on a field, kicking a ball, sometimes falling over when they're not even touched and rolling around on the floor, with the aim of getting the ball into a net more times than the opposition. But millions of people can't all be wrong, so there's clearly something about football that gets people excited. Especially men. Nothing stirs the male emotional and tribal side in the way football does. Football is one of the times where it's totally socially acceptable for grown men to hug each other. It's all quite amusing really.

This is a quote from the Wikipedia article Association football: 'In many parts of the world football evokes great passions and plays an important role in the life of individual fans, local communities, and even nations. R. Kapuscinski says that Europeans who are polite, modest or humble fall easily into rage when playing or watching football games'.
Often, people manage to keep their emotions in check. But when it comes to football, all the suppressed anger and emotion can explode, especially once someone has had a few drinks. It's not that uncommon for someone who is supposedly a 'family man' and perhaps is with his son at the match, to be verbally abusive towards a footballer. I guess football is one of those times where people feel safe to release their frustrations - if some of the foul behaviour from football fans happened in the workplace, there would be a lot of P45s handed out.

I don't particularly like the behaviour of some football fans. But sadly, until the collective consciousness of society changes, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. The other issue about football is money - namely, the obscene wages that footballers earn, the amount of money that Sky Sports run football with, and the businessmen involved with football - and some of them aren't even football fans. It has got out of hand - when you hear about a 20 year old millionaire at a Premier League club who can't even get into the team - there is something seriously wrong. And footballers have egos the size of an overgrown elephant - as for football agents, don't even get me started on those idiots. There needs to be more regulations and rules when it comes to that lot.

Despite all this, I still love the game. I've never quite got into rugby in the same way. The only other sports I like are snooker (to watch, I'm hopeless at playing) and I like ice hockey which sadly isn't particularly big in the UK - but I know Sheffield has an ice hockey team so maybe I'll go and watch them one day.

That's all for now .. until tomorrow :)

1 comment:

  1. My favorite sport to play, and I'm OBSESSED with the EPL soccer league. Go Man City.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy


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