Russian fan in Vienna (image by axinia)
I really watched the match! 🙂 For someone who does not watch TV since years it is really something special. I used to watch football some years ago, so I basically know what it is about. Not every play is captivating, some are really boring. This time I was lucky enough to enjoy a good play – the young Russian team was fast and successful.
Austria is in football mood now – I would not say that Austrians are great fans and keen on that thing, but marketing and PR people are doing a their job and the crowd is being brain washed to participate and buy all sorts of products in connection with that. At some point it gets too much…
Now let me use this topic and share my thoughts on football.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT FOOTBALL: watching a play, following the ball attentively one gets thoughtless. that is almost like a mediation. It is a great effect. Apart from that one is not alone and is kind of connected to millions of others watching it at the same time. Thus, football is a kind of a collective mediation.:)
WHAT I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT FOOTBALL: when it comes to the matches between national teams, it raises racist and chauvinistic feeling in a public. People start hating each other just for being on the other side, which is disgusting. In a way it works for patriotism, but at the hight cost of hate… Basically it does not help people to come together.
WHAT IS BEHIND FOOTBALL: a very good marketing strategy and corporate interests – the football is being pushed to the cult status. Rather unnaturally. For there are many other good games that could have been at its place.