Tribalism

June 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized)

Football season again. During the Ireland vs. Croatia match yesterday, the chant went out”You’ll never beat the Irish…” Unless of course you score more goals than them. Which is what Croatia did. 3-1. OK, there’s the weird offside rule, and Ireland should have had a penalty elsewhere, but what can you do? Croatia deserved to win. 

I wore an England shirt to work today. A red 2006 World Cup shirt with a simple St. George’s cross on it. I can’t do the Union Jack  for the obvious reasons, and while it’s usually the fascists who get worked up about the English flag, I can bend it for football. I tried to avoid hearing the score of the England -France game, but fdidn’t make it out of the building. (In case you haven’t heard, I won’t repeat it here). Almost as much fun as watching the game with friends and beer (which I wasn”t able to do today), is the endless discussions about why your team was

a) cheated
b) bloody awful
c) going to win this year for certain

My favourite part though is waiting for someone to invoke the spirit of 66, or because it’s France some muttered reference to Agincourt. 

It is the beautiful game although the racism shown to dutch players last week make it somewhat less so. 

Enjoy.  

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