If anything cuts the borders and strings people from far corners of the world it is the game of football. If English is the universal language, American Dollar is the universal currency, then universal sport is Football, from cold back alleys of Oslo to sweltering beaches of Copacabana, from just a recognizable goal post in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to a well manicured pitch in Melbourne, Australia. The sport has fan equalling the world’s population.
My take on the game.
The stars of the games are perhaps life inspiring to some and a challenge for others. I follow were little football but I can name a few people like Pele, Maradona, Platini, Zico, Socrates from the by gone era. I can name a few more from the current age courtesy “UEFA”, “English Premiere League” and “TV news Channels”. The whole galaxy of footballers will be on show in the world cup Germany 2006, in few hours. The blogging community will obviousl be there, so I hope I get to see some nice blogs around the matches being played.
The host themselves are favourites along with Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Paraguay to say the least. It wil be interesting to see some matches where lots of flair on display. This makes all the matches in which Brazil plays. I think Brazil have unique strategy; they don’t mind conceding a goal provided they can score at least a couple back. Then there are conservative styles of play seen mostly in Europeans.
I won’t stick my neck out to say which team may win the world cup. The whole issue is a bit tough to answer coz my limited following of the game. I think the things will automatically be obvious one the first round is done away with, till then lets enjoy the mystery.
The social issues to be addressed.
The FIFA World Cup also brings together important people who can decide about what to do about Social issues which are ragging all across the globe and no region in particular. This includes health, education, poverty, peace and development of World through sport. The game of football can in many ways be a tool for improving the quality of life everywhere.
I will try to see as much of football as possible. May the best team win.