Archive for June 30th, 2010

The politics of football

June 30, 2010

The most of the European football teams looked tired and without ambition during the World Cup. The most of the European football teams were struggling to prove that they can be competitive. Their performance overall was poor and disappointing. Germany, Spain and Holland still have a place in the dream-land of the World Cup. France and England severely disappointed their fans. Old ladies, old dreams and a great need for ‘lifting’. Greece played the old good learnt game: defence, defence, defence. Fear to attack the ‘enemy’, ready to protect themselves, no challenging the future, as if the Greek Team is getting ready and well prepared to accept the reality of the long standing barbarians. As if the barbarians is always what Greece needs as a point of reference for its own existence (even in World Cup!). And Germany ready to lead the way….(and not only in World Cup!). Is the performance of the European football teams a pure simulacrum of the performance of the EU? In two weeks from now I may have an answer. In the meantime I think it’s time to take a look at Simon’s Kuper, Football Against the Enemy

Reading Arthur Miller

June 30, 2010

From Arthur Miller, All My Sons (A Drama in Three Acts):

FRANK:   The trouble with you is, you don’t believe in anything.

JIM:         And your trouble is that you believe in anything.