Foolish footballers

2010-07-06 11:32
“Upstairs for Football, Downstairs for Dancing”

An old friend of mine would use this term to define the skills of a genuine footballer, never really being a pundit of the game I took his word for it being a sport of grey matter over brawn.

However, this home WC has made me see this “sport” of soccer/football in a whole new light – “Upstairs for Acting and Downstairs for Cheating”. What a farce this game of soccer!

Don’t get me wrong, I have thoroughly enjoyed the circus – from the ringmasters (this including FIFA ), the clowns, the jugglers through to the trapeze artists and the like. Never before have I seen “so many fooled by so few” and in full view of the “masses”; surely the outcome of a soccer match cannot seriously be taken as a contest of skill and dominance!

Never before in any venture have I witnessed blatant cheating be considered “part of the game”, skulduggery as the norm and theatrics as an assault!

Being a Golfer myself  I was trained to understand the value of true sportsmanship – Jack Nicolas conceding a putt to share the Ryder Cup as opposed to a German Goalie blatantly cheating England out of a goal; player calling a penalty strike on himself for inadvertently moving the ball as to an open handball in the goal mouth only to deny the opponents victory; a player who after a slight shove or trod re-enacts the burning at the stake yet moments later after scoring a goal makes the Moscow Circus look like a parking ticket – surely this is a farce.

How on earth a team/s who supposedly have been in training for four years to achieve this ultimate “goal” just accept such profound unprofessional inequality as the norm astounds me – not to mention the hangers on.

But then I guess entertainment comes at a “price”. It’s not about the game but who wins in the end!

PS: Is it possible that soccer and golf originated from the same country? I don’t know, but if so, someone was hoodwinked! Enjoy the clowns. I certainly have.

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