Futbal: Like we call it in my country
I’ve heldmyself fromwritingthisforabout23 years (Iam actuallyturning23 inthe nextcouple
of months).NotthatI wantto offendyou,butyourphrase,and I mustquote you:“Anygrowinginterest
insoccer can onlybe a signof the nation'smoral decay,”isa little tooharsh.
Soccer,or as the waywe call inmy countryfootball orfutbol (balompie)oranywayyouwould
like todenominate it,ismore thana sport.We can getintoan argumentof culture,butthen itwill be
too boringandit might attract an endlessdebate onthe internet.
I come from a 3rd
worldcountrywhichisan erroneousname thathad beentaggedtopoor
countries.Asrespectful asIcan be I must firstexplainforanyfellow reader, andof course assumingyou
have the adequate intellectual leveltoknow, thata 3rd
worldcountry as quotedbyAlfredSauvy inan
article publishedinthe Frenchmagazine L'Observateur,August14,1952 wasdefined(andsummarized)
as countriesthatwere unalignedwitheitherthe CommunistSovietblocorthe CapitalistNATObloc
duringthe ColdWar. Nowthat such definitionisoutof the way,I mustgo back to the real thing(as
Football hasbecome more thana sport.It has evolvedintoa more complex subject.Football,in
our countryexpel the pure sense of nationalismandbringsthose unreachabledreamstopeople whose
reverieshave beendemolishedbythe inefficiencyof ourgovernments.Yes,mostof usdreamof
becomingagreat football player,andbe able togetan outstandingcontractto make enoughmoneyto
supportour families.Imustmake anotherinterruptiontomyessay.I doknow,and hopingyougetthe
idea,thateveryhumanbeing will alwaysexploittheirnatural talent.Iwould widelyguessAdamSmith
statedsuch idea.If youhave great skillsatplayingsoccer,thenwhynotsell ittopeople?Youmight
thinkitis a buffoonishidea,butIcan give youexamplesthatwill fitintothe niche of yourculture:Quite
a good amountof minoritiesinthe USA (eventhoughIamtryingto avoidany racist comments) would
like tobecome basketballplayers.Ican name at least10 playerswhodecidednottoattenduniversityin
orderto playbasketball,butjusttokeepthe essayshort,Iwouldname twoof the most currentfamous
basketball players:LebronJamesandKobe Bryant.Theyhave atalent,manypeople wouldpayforthis
talents,andtherefore theysoldtheirtalentata youngage because theyhadthe appropriate meansto
do so (logical syllogism).NowIwill setyouasan example (andpleasecorrectmysyllogismif Iam
wrong):You are an outstandingwriter,people like whatyouwrite,henceyousoldyoutalentbecause
youhad the appropriate meanstodo so.
Goingback to my essayand I will give youone of the bestexamplesIcouldevergive from
previousexperience.Sorryif Ididn’tmentionthisbefore,butIam fromHonduras.In 2009 we had a
coup d'etat.The nationwas divided,violenceandstrikeshappenedeverysingle day.If you walkeddown
the street,proudlywavingthe colorsof the political affiliationyouhad,youwouldprobablyendup
beingsmackedbythe opposition.Itwasthenwhen,Imustgive thiscredittothe USA soccer national
team,whenthanksto a late headerfrom JonathanBornsteinequalizedthe game againstCostaRica.
Afterseveral monthsof national debateandaso called“war” amongstbrothers,everyHonduranwas
huggingeachotherbecause the sole qualificationtoa WorldCup,after 28 years,finallybecametrue.
Since June,if Idon’tbadlyrecall,we were nolongerinfavorof Manuel Zelayaor RobertoMichelleti,we
were all infavorof the warriorssuch as CarloCostly,CarlosPavon,andAmadoGuevara,inthe
managementof ReinaldoRueda. The dayafterthat, there wasno more strike,there wasnolongerhate
betweenbrothers,there wasonlythe feelingof patriotismforqualifying.Itdidn’tlasttoolongthough,
but at leastwe hadthose fewdaysof peace ina country where everybodywill glorifythe 23players
chosento battle a journeythatmostof the Honduranthoughtitwill endinanotherdeception.
conversationtopicnolongerhaddespise towardsthe actionstakenbythe governmentandthe national
army,the onlytopicwashow ReinaldoRuedabroughtthe hope tous.
I couldfinalize myessayhere,because inmypersonal opinion,italreadyconveyedthe most
importanttopics,yetIwouldlike toanswersome of the pointsyouaddressedonyourblogor essay:
1. Football,orFIFA (a corruptorganizationinthe eyesof the spectators) have several worldwide
recognitions:BestPlayerof the Yearor Balonde Oro (males’category):2013 CristianoRonaldo
2012 Lionel Messi 2011 Lionel Messi.BestPlayerof the Yearor Balonde Oro (females’
category):2013 Nadine Angerer2012 AbyWambach 2011 Homare Sawa.
2. Like everyprofessionalsportisdividedintoFemaleandMale (suchas WNBA and NBA to be a
little more akin tothe sports you regularlywatch):youshoulddefinitelywatchthe BarcelonaFC
female team(here isthe linktotheirvideos http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-
mostof the teamsin mycountry.
3. Gamesmightendup tiedbecause of the individual effortsof ateamor the strategysetby the
coach. It isa verybigaccomplishmentfora badteam to tie againstreallygoodone.Inyour
wordsis like if the Milwaukee Bucketsgettoconference finalsandpushanextratime against
the Spurs or the Miami Heat.
4. Football hasmanylaws(or fouls) inordertostop a breakout.Regardlessof needs,Icangive you
a perfectexample.1970 WorldCup Franz Beckenbauerfracturedhisclavicle,butremainedon
5. You can’t use yourhands. We are trainedsince we are kidstouse ourhands to dothe majority
of the dailylabor.Iwouldlike tosee youactuallydoingsomethingwithyourfeet.Ittakesyears
of practice anddeterminationtomasteranyskill withafoot.Somethingevenmore
extraordinaryislearninghowtoeffectivelystrike aball withthe foot youare not accustomedto
use.Imagine if learninghowtotossa baseball withyourlefthandfromthe pitcherposition
(assumingyouare right-handed)isdifficult,trytolearnhow to kick a ball withyouleftfootfrom
35 yards and still hitthe approximatetargetyouare hopingto hit.
6. No particularcommentasit isa cultural aspect.
7. It mightbe that demographicallyspeaking,African-Americanare notinterestedinsoccer,yetin
soccer history,there’ve beencountlessoutstandingAfricanplayerssuchasSamuel Eto,Mario
Apiah,West,etc.I couldname otherones,butbecause youressayspecificallymentionsthe
wordAfrica-American(youshouldstopusingthe Americandenotationbythe way.If youare
culturedenoughyouwouldknow thatAmericancoversalargerarea than whatUS is) here are
some examples:FreddyAduandTimHoward.The last mentionedsetaworldrecordformore
8. Culture thing,nocomments.
9. Your commentwasnot onlyracist,but alsooffensive. Itissurprisinghow anhonorsstudent
fromCornell Universityandalaw degree awardee fromUniversityof MichiganLaw School
was alsoan immigrant.Don’tknow yourpersonal familyhistory,andIam sorryfor
Spain(takinginassumptionthatthose were the dominantcountriesduringthe colonizationof
whatnow iscalledUnitedStatesof America).
Nowjustto make a pointa little more clear,andjusttoavoidbeingcalledawetbackor an illegal
immigrantinUS and that iswhyI am defendingthe immigrants.IwasborninHonduras.I have beenin
US for vacations,whichby the way,it isa reallynice place tovisit,andIam currentlylivinginTaiwan.
I am lookingforwardtoyourresponse.