The Power of Football

Power of Football

Since the beautiful game was first conceived in England there have continued to be issues that divide fans whilst other facets of the game can bring fans together as one.

Supporters of any  football  club will always feel united by an allegiance to other fans of “their” club, even those from completely different walks of life that they have never met. At  football  matches around the world people will talk  football  with complete strangers, often solely because they wear the same shirt or a t-shirt confirming their shared beliefs.

This contrasts to the somewhat irrational loathing of fans of their chosen  football  club’s local rivals. Despite the fact that they might indeed be very nice people, they support the club from the other side of the city and wear a different colour  football  shirt.

Such rivalries are often quickly thrown aside when it comes to the international  football  scene when apparent enemies join together in their support of the England national team, and suddenly it is English fans together, taking on the rest of the world.

It is a strange power that  football  has to quickly join or divide individuals and groups, resulting in apparently irrational behaviour, which can at times be positive and beautiful, but at other times can be destructive and ugly.

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Here are a few anecdotal stories to back this up, a couple of these have no proof in fact but have long since become enshrined in  football  folklore.

– On Christmas Eve 1914, during the First World War, it is said that English & German soldiers put down their guns to play a game of  football  in the “No-Man’s” land between their trenches.

– It is believed that in some war-torn countries in Africa that fighting stops whenever the national team’s matches are covered on television

– The passion of South American fans resulted in Honduras and El Salvador going to war following a match between the two countries in 1969.

– In April 2000, 2 Leeds United fans were fatally stabbed in Istanbul; the only reason for this was that they were supporting their team play against Galatasary of Turkey.

 Football  will always continue to divide opinion and provide much-loved debate for many fans. Even fans of the same club will have many different points of view to discuss and perhaps argue about. Here are some of the more common debates that seem to be prevalent amongst supporters of most professional  football  clubs.

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– Which footballer is best?

– Which club can claim to have the best history?

– Which club did the match referee give more decisions to?

– Who has the best  Football  Club Owners in the Premier League?

– Who are your favourite players?

– Who would be the best ever XI players to play for your team?

– Which team’s  football  shirt has the best colours and design?

– What colours should your  football  team’s home and away shirts be?

On balance it would have to be said that the positives of the  Football  Rivalries do far outweigh the negatives and most of the disagreements encourage only healthy debate.  Football  brings together people from all walks of life, from all nationalities and from all corners of the world. One only has to look at the players and fans of the English Premier League to see that  Football  is a universal language.

Long live the Power of  Football !

Source: Thomas Holte

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