As Mr Mystic hinted that everyone would be welcome to “share” all sorts of even football related posts here will be the first football blog entry on OTP:
Football – the sporting event of the masses. What is baseball for the American; cricket is for the Pakistani, is football, Fußball, calico for the English, French, German or Italian. Historically football was invented in Europe and no continent in the world has maintained such a long and traditional love affair with one ball and forty four feet . For more than 150 years it is a game for fathers, sons and a growing number of daughters that are fascinated by the game whether it is in Manchester, Milano, Marseille or München.
Football over the decades turned into a multimillion business. The players and trainers are professionals highly paid to do what they can do best – play football. But not only are the guys on or next to the field professionals. A lot of people are fans and experts on football. They know which clubs won the championships, who top scorers and trainers are etc. There are even a bunch of guys that can tell who scored how in the match FC Bayern München vs. FC Kaiserslautern on October 30, 1973*. No question – these guys have a tremendous expertise and one would not manage to sell them a lie about football.
For the last four years though Europe plays a new game that very rapidly turned into a multitrillion business. It is not about football but about the economy, finances, debt and our future. There are also teams and players, but there is much more at stake.
Although this game is so important very few players are professionals and very few people really pay attention. Players and trainers seem to know nothing about what they do and how they have to play the game. If the team screws up – and it looks like they do – they will not only loose some cup but the fans will feel the harm at the roots of their daily life. Now, if this was football most fans would be outraged, clearly protest their disagreement and point the finger straight at the problem.
But reality shows most people don’t even know what’s going and thus do not care. It’s true, 99% of the people have no passion and take very little effort to acquire even the smallest knowledge in the economic field. Unlike in football they are thus easy victims to disinformation, lies and disguise. They can easily be betrayed and steered in some direction.
We all know that OTP is a blog revolving around economy, finances, debt and our future. This may be and remain the first blog entry that has anything to do with football which will hopefully be no harm to the community. Still, it would also be of no harm, if some football blogs would just once in a while post a little something about economics and the recent crisis…
*) Just in case you are interested:
Bayern München vs. Kaiserslautern on October 30, 1973 was voted the No.1 legendary Bundesliga match of all times. While München was in the lead with 4-1 after 57 minutes, Kaiserslautern came back and scored 6 (in words – six) goals within 33 minutes and won the match 4-7. Let’s all hope that Sarkozy and Merkel use their last 33 minutes well…