Zang - Tajik folk dance. Postcard printed in 1957.
MERKEL: I am of the opinion that anyone who sums up the strength and bravery — and we have a long tradition of this behind us in politics — should know that they live in a land where they have nothing to fear. The fact that there are still fears for some people for their own situation means we need to send out a clear message: you must not be afraid.
Oh, Angie, you’re right.
|—||Alain de Botton, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary.|
The focus of this article is media manipulation, the need to control the narrative to be more appealing to a bigger mainstream fanbase (in order to shift more product, in order to encourage ‘unity’/pride, for any purpose)… However, I find this part most relevant, because if this is how the USA treats their champion medal winning women who aren’t “overnight sensations”, who have been working their asses off forever, without any recognition even during world cups? —Then, how far do the rest of us, fans and female athletes, from other countries, have to go?
The suggestion is that in the win, the US ‘found’ a greatness that was absent from not only the team, but from the tournament. This is embarrassing.
I love swagger, I really do. But this isn’t swagger.
Greatness has been found. In small letters, under the emblem, “United We Stand.”
The USWNT has been ranked either number 1 or 2 in the women’s game for eons. Even if they don’t make the road to victory easy on themselves, they are, in fact, not the underdog. They are the team that everyone wants to beat. Their opponents bring full-on heavy metal GAME. Everyone loves to take them down.
To suggest that this team has had anything but a very long history of “greatness,” that this “greatness” (what a shitty word) is anything but their freaking baseline is just ridiculous. Not one fan buys that narrative.
The closest this team came to being an underdog of any kind was last summer and frankly it was only those of us who actually follow the team who were even aware of this. In fact, most of the US sports ignored the team during its struggles. Most of us fans could not watch any form of broadcast of the play-off matches with Italy which would determine IF they were going to the World Cup at all.
Greatness has been lost? If only the channel was found upon which we could watch it!
You’ll never walk alone? You will in the world of American women’s football if you are anything less than freaking invincible.
I’m gonna be really sad when the olympics end and the world goes back to not giving a shit about female athletes.
"Even the worst of times or the most ridiculous, you know that after the guys in yellow stop cheering, they still have to go back to Columbus. Columbus.”
(I personally think “The Trillium Cup Rivalry” is crap—really, could they get more contrived? BUT— Jimmy B’s punchline delivery was BRILLIANT, OK.)
While Indians are still celebrating India’s first cricket world cup win in twenty-eight years, I woke up a few days ago to find news more akin to my liking: Real Madrid Foundation opened their first academy in Asia; where else but the home of Indian football, and coincidentally my hometown, Calcutta! Football is the second most popular sport in a nation with one billion crazy cricket nuts. Expectedly, though, like most other sports in the country, football has been forced to take a backseat.
This is an interesting read on sport in India, not just on those two mentioned in the title, but I learnt alot about general development of sports in the country.
I don’t think there is a need to shift focus on one sport at the “expense” of another, so to speak. For the public, a winning streak will certainly cause more attention to be focused on one sport, as witnessed in conversations on the street and in the newspaper headlines and television. But sport development doesn’t just happen because of public pressure. Most countries have Sports Ministries and Youth ministries, or sport in education policies. There is mainly a need for those policy makers to realise that despite the popular trends, there is a need to focus on development of all sports. Football also doesn’t necessarily require much money; grassroots development generally can be cheaper for football than for any other sport, including cricket, hockey and basketball.
(The problem with that then, could be that those who are making the policies and in charge of overseeing implementation may think it is easier to slip in a few extra “costs” in the inputs in sports that are more expensive. In football, someone could say, “wait a minute, why is this so expensive?” and catch them out. Perhaps, for policy makers and those in charge of athletic and sporting programmes, in the public and private spheres, it is less appealing.)
I overwhelmingly agree with the need for tackling corruption in sport, because sport—due to popularising nature and tendency to be used for political games, those in charge of tackling corruption tend to “look the other way”, hence an ability for a hotbed of corruption. However, while in many countries, such as Indonesia, the government’s heavy hand in professional football is ridiculous and questionable, and thus liable for corruption, I don’t think we can safely assume that being under FIFA and AFC and National Football Associations means there is no corruption, unfortunately.
But definitely read this article! It was ridiculous how little I knew about sport policy in India.
Women’s football is huge in America. The blueprint for our success in the States has come from giving the girls and opportunity and an outlet. The talent will take over, you just have to supply them with the fields and the coaching and the facilities.
In England, the mindset is a little different. Americans are more liberal to it. That just goes back to difference in culture and having an open-mindedness about the game.
The women’s team have done tremendous things in America and won more trophies than the men’s team. In England, that needs to change and hopefully it will start to do so with the introduction of this league.
Tim Howard, goalkeeper, Everton FC and USA, welcoming the new FA Women’s Super League and how England can learn a lot from the USA.