This is really an amazing thing. The big men, wearing colorful shorts, ran around a patch of grass to chase a ball and made a desperate effort to drive between three white sticks.
Football … why bother?
At the moment, we are not bothering football at all. There are other priorities in the world, and the failures of stupid sports are firmly entrenched behind our minds, physicians and nurses were once allowed to go to the center stage before the false nines and before the inverted full backs.
At a time of global healthcare crisis that has killed millions of people and fundamentally changed the lives of billions, doing all the work with football would seem rather childish.
But football will return. Because the truth is that while it is irrational and unimportant, it may seem so at times because good or bad play plays a key role in life.
And, as the most popular sport in the world so far, football, in particular, does much more around the world to gain the experience of being human.
No matter who you are and wherever you go, football fills one of the most comprehensive chapters in our shared narrative. Get in a taxi or walk to a bar anywhere in the world, mention the names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the driver or waiter will reward you as appropriate and – even if you don’t speak the same language – understandable feedback.
Sports define us in a truly meaningful way. If you meet a stranger at a social event such as a wedding or birthday party (considering a situation that may not happen for some time), you will first learn about your new acquaintance, their name, nationality, and hometown.
And after that, perhaps before you discuss a job or marital status, it never takes long to get back to which party they support.
Our new fictional friend says, “I am John from London. “I’m an accountant, married with three children and I’m a Chelsea fan.”
Right now, you have everything you need to know to decorate your whole life and the ‘Chelsea fan’ part is integral… “Chelsea until I die”, he can only add good to emphasize.
That means a lot more.
It is tempting to wonder whether the impact of the COVID-19 crisis will be felt by football (and other sports, but basically football) that has dropped out of their highest park.
Once the dust settles, the lockdowns are removed and something similar to normal life can return, perhaps we will be reluctant to give sports such a central place in our daily lives. Is this the beginning of the end for the sport’s stronghold with popular culture?
Probably not. For a variety of reasons (shaping a safety valve for our combined and distinct identities, entertainment, escapism, innate competitive tendencies), sports are very important.
Of course, we are probably quite ready to abandon La Liga drastically and push the Premier League to the periphery in the current crisis, as many of us are not currently moving to McDonald’s or shopping for the nearest mall we have collectively understood – with a lack of ambiguity. – That these are not ordinary times and therefore common verbs Activities cannot be followed.
Soon, though – and there are already signs of it happening in many countries – temporary restrictions will be lifted and people will be eager to go back to work, back to school, back to the shops and restaurants of their choice … and get back to football.
After all, the football coronavirus did not really leave the public debate even at the height of the clamdown. In the UK, for example, the opening episodes of the lockdown were dominated by the question of whether sports events should be suspended, quickly turning into a very public debate over whether Premier League footballers should be expected to advance their salaries.
Similar stories are circulating around the world, and it’s clear that sports can’t be kept out of the headlines during a global lockdown when no games actually happen.
As the peak of the virus’s impact has passed with gratitude, several associations are slowly opening up and considering exactly how to restore our old freedom. Including freedom to play and watch games.
Faced with such a complex and unprecedented set of circumstances, it is inevitable to reach various conclusions: Dutch authorities, for example, have banned football altogether until September, when the Swedish League is set to resume in June with fans inside the stadium.
Most other countries will probably find an answer somewhere between these two finals, and the possibility of a league and competition reaching some sort of conclusion – perhaps with changed formats – will become commonplace behind closed doors over the next few months. It will be a compromise, it will not be the same and it may be controversial in some cases … but it will be better than anything.
Sports and especially football are often accused of taking themselves too seriously. All the hype, all the money, all the melodrama.
This is much more, as far as many people are concerned and the upcoming return of professional athletes will be an irony for those who believe that playing games should end up being our priority because life is slowly returning to normal. But this is a very simple approach.
First, from a cool financial perspective, top-tier sports rarely make a reciprocal contribution to the local, national, and global economies. La Liga boss Javier Tevez – never explicitly referred to anything – regularly assigns tax contributions, full and part-time employment (both direct and indirect), patronage of bars and restaurants, points to the value of Spanish football in the country’s finances, points, related merchandise and more.
But money is probably the least important aspect of the broader significance of the sport and the most successful role it will play in the post-virus world is its ability to create a sense of community. It has often been observed with approval that the current crisis has served as a way to bring people closer together, considering their conflicting isolation – we are thinking more about how our actions will affect others and appreciate our help more. Those are their efforts.
Didn’t anyone’s heart warm through the public demonstration of gratitude to the medical staff and other frontline workers?
Well, the sport has been providing this realization of coming together year after year. When you’re a fan of a team, or even just a fan of a sport, you’re a member of a tribe – a complex network where people look after each other and protect each other, even if they don’t always pay attention.
The Netflix documentary series highlights Sunderland’s floating subject in the football league, making it very clear how important the club is to its local population, while Michael Jordan’s rise to prominence works similarly to conquering our passions with high achievers and great human stories, even If their lives move away from us ⁇.
And that’s probably the simplest word that best conveys the significance of sports: stories. As a species, we deeply cherish storytelling.
From ancient Greek odysseys and tragedies to great religious texts and creation myths, to best-selling novels and modern-day TV soaps, we humans have always been fascinated by fascinating plots and personalities bigger than life.
And sport, perhaps more than anything else in contemporary culture, is forever included in one of the big, small and wonderful and fancy, admirable and boring stories.
In short, sport – but the banal seems to take it as a surface-level face value – matters. This is important, and we should not be ashamed to argue in favor of returning to the forefront of cultural life as soon as possible.
Of course, care must be taken to protect the health of all those directly and indirectly involved, and health experts should be called upon to be effective in avoiding the recurrence of the reckless decision to allow Atlanta vs. Valencia to advance to the Champions League in Milan. With supporters inside San Siro
As with other aspects of public life, we must be careful not to let the sport destroy the COVID-19 connection it has acquired over the past few weeks.
However, where it is safe to do so, we should not worry about whether our worries and obscenities are pumping something to go the extra mile, the over-paid primary dona has started to turn around again, or whether we should force ourselves to restrain ourselves. .
Sports can be unreasonable, but so are people – and thank goodness for that.
Sport should be celebrated and it should come back into our lives as soon as possible. This is what makes us human.
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