10 June 2010

I'm in your blog, ruining your world wide football event this summer fever.


Apparently the official name of the international football tournament which is about to begin on the 11th of June 2010 has been trademarked by FIFA. Anyone who uses it without permission will be greeted with surprise buttsec by a hoards of lawyers from FIFA. Hence the pub can only refer to it as the World Wide Football Event This Summer (WWFETS for short, <-- can we trademark that as well Henry?) Anyways, with the WWFETS just around the corner and a large number of our villager devoted football fans, who will be without the means to see most of the matches, unless paying for it. It's safe to say, pretty soon we are going to see a lots of our villagers out in full force, wearing the football jersey of their choice and camped near anywhere with a T.V with a WWFETS match on.

Nothing new there, but what yours truly really want to discover is: How does a villager decide which team to support? And do they really support the team that they're wearing the jersey of?

cue random cute girls in random football jersey in a random picture.



And a random quote from Dave Chappelle


"The girl says, 'Wait a minute! Just because I'm dressed this way does not make me a whore!' Which is true. Gentlemen, that is true. Just because they dress a certain way doesn't mean they are a certain way. Don't ever forget it. But ladies, you must understand that is fucking CONFUSING! It just is. Now that would be like me, Dave Chappelle the comedian, walking down the street in a cop uniform. Somebody might run up on me, saying, 'Oh, thank God. Officer, help us! Come on. They're over here. Help us!' 'OH-H0H!!! Just because I'm DRESSED this way does not make me a police officer!' All right, ladies, fine. You are not a whore. But you are wearing a whore's uniform." ------Dave Chappelle.

I'm sure most of you have seen our villagers wearing different countries and clubs football jerseys on the streets? Be it the Croatian National team or Barcelona F.C. Now I have no problem or what so ever with people having their own reason when choosing their team (or teams) to support, however shallow their reasons be i.e. Team plays nice football, hot guys in team, or the team just won a lot of trophies last week so I have decided to support them now etc.etc.... However, it's not surprising to see one villager wearing an Arsenal shirt one day, and a Tottenham(yuk!!) next, or proclaiming their love for Liverpool while wearing an Everton shirt...

The situation above may indicate that most villagers might have forgotten that, in most places, the moment you put on a team's jersey, it signifies that you are supporting that team. (that's why there's a badge on it, jackasses.). It might not be a big deal in
this village, but as my good friend Petar Marinov once told me, wearing the wrong colour in the wrong part of town in Sofia, Bulgaria could very well spell the end of your life.

Why so serious? You asked? Because unlike most sporting teams in this Village, sporting teams in Europe (and America even), have something called HISTORIES.

Did you know the reason F.C Barcelona and Real Madrid hate each other so much is not only for football but more a clashes of culture within Spain? Did you know that S.S.Lazio (check out the awesome team crest yo!) is a club that has a fascist background and fanbase? While their rival Livorno is a club that has a Leftist background? (read all here in this wonderful blog)

Football itself is an old old sport with a rich vein of history and background, while the game itself is exciting (not if you support the Blackburn Rovers or any team Sam Allardyce coaches...). It's just a shame that the people who runs it merely consider it as a money maker, while the people who watches it, consider it as a fashion statement or, well.. also money maker. As for those villager who DO enjoy football, next time you put on a footy jersey or decided to support a team, how about go the full length and do some research on the club/country? Knowing and CARING about the club's history and culture background, you might find yourself enjoying the game a little more, why you asked? Well, because you have something new in you, it's call passion.

6 comments:

  1. Totally agree, being a life-long suffering Everton fan myself. As footie fans in England say, you can divorce your wife, and disown your children, but you can never change alliance to a football team.

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  2. I don't really understand how someone would choose a team in a foreign country to root for. All the teams I'm a fan of are in cities I have lived in (or at least near). How does someone from HK go about choosing which English Premier League team to like? Just pick one that's good? Throw darts at a map of the UK?

    On another note, I have no problem figuring out who to root for this Saturday, when the USA plays England. With all the nationalistic Englishmen on Lamma, it would be sweet if my side could pull off the upset. I'm not holding my breath though.

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  3. Wesley,

    That's just because HK used to be a British colony. It's that simple. And they probably just pick one that's good. But I am never a fan of football, so I don't know what criterion they actually base on.

    W

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  4. Well, i think its more about attraction to certain players - styles of football or associations with friends, lovers etc

    For example, i am an avoid barca fan - mostly because my first boy who i dated for half a decade back in 2002 was a barca fan - 5 years is a long time...and now, many boys have come and gone, but the team remains.

    I dont know if that undermines why i love barca. there are many factors that come into play after that, the fact that messi is god on earth, the whole unicef sponsor on their shirts, ronaldihno from back in the day, cruyff from back in the day, and even the whole history of standing up against the queen & madristas - rebellious nature etc appeals to me. all those things fit.

    my brother is a HUGE liverpool fan, beyond obsessed - he could tell you the entire history of liverpool. How or Why, i dont know. But that boy will wake up in the middle of the night to watch games, get visibly depressed for 2 or 3 days at a loss, and could talk for days on end about everything and anything liverpool related

    that said though, i dont have a world cup team, because my country isnt even on the map. I have certain teams i will root for over others, and certain players and styles that i enjoy, but its a lot more flexible than my love of Club football.

    so i guess, my point is, its all relative? sometimes i don't think it needs an explanation of why, i think it just *demands loyalty* and the love of the game. thats the thing about sport. its all about the love of the game :)

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  5. Ok, I guess I understand a little better. BTW, I've always loved that Dave Chapelle quote. Hilarious.

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  6. Willy does have a point, since we were colonized by the Brits, we do get a lot of exposure to the English league back in the 80-90 (more so than the Germans or Spanish), which might explain the large Man Utd and Liverpool fan base here in H.K (those were the times they dominated Europe) But largely, I suspect the younger generations just pick one that's good in real life or good to play with on PS3 in Winning Eleven- the awesome footy game...

    Personally, I'm a Arsenal fan due to the fact that while i was living in a boarding school in North London, most of my school mates are Arsenal supporters (peer pressure?)

    Country wise..Same reason as above for England. and a little bit for S.Korea since I'm terrify of my GF who is Korean...Pussywhipped? Very much so, Sir/Madam

    P.S Oh what would I give to have Dave Chapelle to come out of retirement...

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