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Why I love Football…and its Politics

February 27th, 2005


Why do I love Football…and its Politics?

Let me count the ways, I love football because…

  1. It’s the greatest spectator game on earth.
  2. It’s the only game in the world that supports and promotes the UNICEF campaign for the rights of the Child and the ICRC’s campaign for the Children of War.
  3. It’s the only game in the world that supports and promotes SOS Children’s Villages.
  4. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns against Child Labor
  5. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns against racism and discrimination.
  6. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns for Peace.
  7. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns for the integration for handicapped people in society.
  8. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns against hunger.
  9. It’s the only game in the world that campaigns for and is still raising funds for the tsunami victims.
  10. Next to the Olympics, it’s the only game in the world where its international governing bodies are organized like the United Nations sans the Security Council.
  11. It’s the only game in the world that when World Cup Champions return to their home country, it is declared a National Holiday.
  12. You kick balls rather than laying them up the basket.
  13. You are treated with an exciting and uninterrupted display of grace and vigor for 90 minutes…where commercialism finds its place displayed silently only in the sidelines.
  14. There are no cheerleaders shaking their butts every ten seconds.
  15. It’s not a Yankee game- that’s why just to find their place in the footballing planet, they pathetically called it “soccer”.
  16. It’s the only game in the world where a developing country reigns supreme and America is not a superpower!
  17. It’s the only game where Samba is played during a match.
  18. It’s the “Beautiful Game”. :)

The UNICEF-FIFA slogan captured everything I love about football – “One Passion One World One Responsibility.”

I can only think of one reason why football is not popular in the Philippines unlike in most of our Asian neighbors…because it’s not Uncle Sam’s favorite game… most pinoys adore Uncle Sam’s favorite games – throwing balls in the basket and invading other countries.

(Images from the websites of FIFA, ICRC and UNICEF)

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