Why does it seduce soccer?
What has this sport that it anywhere in the world seduces thousands of
million people? Soccer is something only. There are many reasons to love it.
Discover which is his.
The next Wednesday will take place the awaited end of Liga de
Campeones between Barcelona and the Manchester United, one of the algider
sport moments of the year, that it anywhere in the world attracts million
spectators. A passion that merely extends the aspects sport and related to the
competition. “Soccer is mainly a great collective psychological adventure that
involves directors, technicians, players and fans”, it declared in one recent one
interviews the trainer of the Liverpool, Rafa Benítez. History demonstrates that
this game is much more that a current sport: it drags to the masses and until it
can get to become subject of State. Next we are going to try to respond to an
apparently simple question but that has multiple and complex answers. Why
does soccer like us?
Because it is easy, simple and reasonable to the majority We think a little
about other sport disciplines: in order to play tennis one needs a field and a
racket; in order to sail a boat and the sea; for formula one, a car and a circuit;
for the basketball a specific field with a basket… In soccer which is essential it
is a ball and it already is. Sometimes even nor that…. a fragmentation hand
grenade, one bark, a bottle, an orange… By all means, the best parties are
those than they gamble in a turf care very, but a land is enough anyone and a
little desire to mount a party. And in absence of porterías, a purse or articles
thrown in the ground can be a good substitute. Johan Cruyff, in his book “I like
soccer” (ed. RBA), tells that in a party in Amsterdam for children they remained
to last hour without porterías because of an organization problem, “until
somebody had the idea to place two trucks of firemen like posts. Then that: how
many young they have used sometimes in its life knapsacks, shelters or stones
for this aim. This detail, just as others, it demonstrates us that not always it is
necessary to have all the elements and that there are to replace to the
deficiencies with imagination and illusion ". The simplicity of soccer is also
reflected in its rules, very essential if they are compared with other sports (it is
not necessary to know no regulation retail and only the more complex is out of
play, that practices only in the high competition). That facilitates the
understanding and the development of the party. Also, it is an accessible
discipline to anyone. The cost of the equipment is practically limited and is
within reach of any pocket.
Because he is unforseeable and it does not have logic. In many sport
disciplines usually it gains the best one. In athletics, for example, the winner of
a race will be the one that finishes to the route of the track in the smaller time
and point. But in soccer it is not thus. Its game is very variable. He offers a great
amount of tactical alternatives, expositions, game philosophies, although the
players always have a great autonomy at the moment for making the decision
on the land. Result: by much theory that is tried to apply, the reality is that it can
gain an equipment with a single closing to door (and if no, they ask to him
Iniesta before the party with the Chelsea). In this sense, it is a cruel game that
can get to be unjust and for who loses. “Any party, from that the children in an
open of terrain play to of professionals in a stage, has a shakespeariana
complexity. It has the virtue to become a dramatic spectacle ", says Jorge
Valdano, ex- soccer player, trainer and sport director. “There are many
elements that influence in the result, the referee, the game land, the chance.
Soccer does not have logic, at least in the short term ", maintains. More the
scientists could until trying to summarize soccer in a mathematical formula:
Resultado= yield equipment own-yield opposite equipment +/-factor luck. But
the numbers in this game do not work. Cruyff mentions the example of the
mythical Brazilian attacker Romario: “The statistic cannot be applied to soccer.
Inténtelo with Romario: it touched few balls in the party, but two of them were
goal. Statistically, a disaster. Soccer, a genius ".
Because it foments the property (and the propaganda). The dictators
know it well: a victory of the selection constitutes a propaganda vehicle. It was
thus in Italy de Mussolini and Argentina de Videla, both selections campeonas
of the world during this painful stage. But soccer also foments the feeling of
property of positive form. Eduardo Galeano, in its book “soccer to sun and
shade” (ed. SigloXXI), ties the practice of this sport with the construction of the
identity. “Game, soon I am: the game style is a way of being, that reveals the
own profile of each social community and affirms its right to the difference. “. In
its opinion, soccer contributes to print a certain character to the society. “The t-
shirt has become the most doubtless symbol of collective identity and not only
in the poor or small countries, that depend on soccer to appear in the map”, it
maintains. This explains so that we are of an equipment not necessarily
because it wins, but because he is ours. Dani Farrerons, president of the
españolista rock of Sitges, this year has suffered by the results of its equipment.
But in spite of it, it does not throw the towel. She is one of the magic of soccer.
“To be become fond of it is like being member of a family: this one sometimes
gives joys you, other misfortunes. But your support is a commitment, you
cannot fail the club to him because he is something yours. It compensates the
fact to belong to an organization, because forms a union with social mass,
players, directors, fans ", counts Farrerons.
Because it defends the premises, Stephen Redhead, professor of sports
and culture of means in the University of Brighton, in the United Kingdom,
assign to soccer an essential paper in the safekeeping by the roots. “This game
still represents a bastion of the traditional culture, the one that is tie to the
territory, to the local pride, history…. all elements that are disappearing quickly
in the economic globalización of the developed nations ", affirm in an interview
to IS. “Somehow, to go with an equipment it is a way to maintain the anchorage
with the past”, concludes.
Because it does not distinguish between social classes. The Melendi
singer I have a titled subject “likes the soccer” whose letter says: “It is not thing
of children, is not thing of old the depor of kings, worker heart”. Then he is a
little thus. During the party all the differences of estatus and social paper
disappear because all see an a solely the others as fans of a football team. For
example, during the edition of the World-wide ones of Korea, in the Italian
company Pirelli near Milan stopped the production during ninety minutes and
they settled maxipantallas in the industrial plant so that directors and workers
seated all together ones to see the party of the selection. In fact, the hierarchies
in a soccer rock do not agree with the social ones. The worker can easily
become a charismatic leader even over people who play a social role in much
more important the daily life.
Because the physicist does not discriminate. Another democratic aspect
of soccer is that a special physicist is not needed to practice it, like being high in
the basketball, shorter in formula one, with strong musculación in halterofilia,
muscular flexibility in gymnastics. It is not necessary to be a superman to be
soccer player. In history there are many examples, Garrincha was average
cripple, Messi is short, Ronaldo with tendency to get fat…. And nevertheless, it
is enough with having some physical or technical quality and knowing how it to
explode to obtain the success.
Because he is beautiful. , Not always clear. But a play of crack can get to
represent an aesthetic work of art. Maradona, Pelé, I only gave Stefano… to
mention to some, have demonstrated with its qualities that the beauty
comprises of soccer. He is something that is not exclusive of players, but of
clubs or the selections. The call “mechanical orange” of Holland in the
Seventies, mythical Milan de Arrigo Sacchi in the ninety or Manchester United
of sir Alex Ferguson has contributed to fortify in the imaginary group this artistic
image of soccer. The philosopher Edgar Morin also has surrendered before the
beauty of this sport: “I do not see soccer as a form of modern alienation, I rather
feel it like a collective poetry”, affirmed.
Because it is not necessary to play to participate. She is another one of
the consequences of the masificación of soccer. The more popular it is a sport,
the more one extends by the world and in multiple formats. It is like a virtuous
circle. Thus, everything what turns around soccer contributes to foment its
interest: from dressing a t-shirt as article of tendencies until interchanging
photos of players in the Panini albums, happening through a match Fifa de
PlayStation, are many forms to enjoy the game without having to put the boots.
Because it creates heroes (mediatic). Any person who has played soccer
has represented, during those ninety minutes, something: its district, its school.
“To be soccer player it implies to have a great social responsibility. It is a model
for much people and, in addition, it represents colors and a liking ", writes
Cruyff. Then the recent mediatización of this sport has accentuated east aspect.
Each person needs to recognize itself in some figure, in a hero, in whom to
project its dreams, its hopes of wealth, influences, to be able, slopes to be
carried out. The soccer player, in this sense, is the ideal figure. And if the
protagonist of this projection is somebody that without hardly resources and of
humble origin is able to become millionaire, then the mediatic message is still
more impressive: each person can obtain it, even without having studies. For
Valdano, “soccer is the reflection of the time in that we lived, of infantilización of
the society. The image is in center and soccer has not made another thing that
to adapt to that ".
Because it teaches values. Soccer in any climatic condition practices, by
very hard that is: a épica dimension in this game exists. Soccer transmits
certain inherent values to the competition, like the overcoming, the effort, the
sacrifice. Some intellectuals have even recognized these aspects. The politician
Antonio Gramsci raised it like “the kingdom of outdoors exerted human loyalty”.
The writer Albert Camus, who in his youth played like doorman, wrote:
“everything what I know on moral I must to soccer”. The professor of the
University of Buenos Aires Pablo Alabarces, considered one of the founders of
the sociology of the sport in Latin America, declared in an interview to IS that
“the football teams work like a metaphor of the industrial society, when
reproducing the division of the work. There is one who is in charge to defend
and to attack and to play collectively. Because until great the sport heroes they
have been simultaneously great individualists and great players of equipment ".
Soccer, somehow, is the mirror of the real life.
Because it comprises of our past. Soccer allows to remove to shine the
playful facet of the human being, the one of a boy. In the childhood, we
constructed a symbolic world that is left us for always. And soccer comprises of
him. “This sport has something very important: history. Form leaves from the
socialization of the human being: with soccer we have learned to win, to lose, to
enjoy the others. We associated parties to memories of our lives and to our
cognitivo system ", Llopis remembers. He himself Camus recognized that “there
is no a place of greater human happiness than a full stage of soccer”. The
French writer Françoise Sagan ties this sport to very deep and alive feelings.
“Soccer remembers old and intense loves to me, because in no other place as
in the stage so much to somebody can be wanted and be hated”. A journalist
asked German theologian Dorothee Sölle once: “ How you would explain you to
a boy which is the happiness”. “Would not be explained it - it responded. It
would throw a ball to him so that it played ".