Rooting for the Rival: Uniting or Divider?

Cheering for the Rival: The death sentence that unites
Rahman Mohamed

Sports, it’s one of the few things that forces geographies to push apart their political differences as they combat for the championship.  But whether it’s in an inter-school sports league or at in an international league, the one thing that will always be present is: the rivalry.  And there’s proof today in the final.

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The Ball From Beyond

Brazil’s football team out of the flight for the World Cup.  But was it because of their feet or the Ball?
Rahman Mohamed

As Brazil battled Germany today for a spot in the final, people around the world were watching the ball, wondering where it would fly.  Halfway through the first half Germany took the lead 5-nil and scored 2 in the second to end the game 7-1.  Germans say it was because of the talent of their players.  Brazilians say because Neymar was out with fractured vertebra and their captain was suspended for receiving two yellow cards in two games.  But there are rumours circulating that it was all because of the ball.

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Football: The Sport Where the World Shakes Hands

A worldwide game that defines nations and brings people together as they compete
Rahman Mohamed

People of Earth: walking around the world, living in different nations, speaking different languages, and, greeting each other in a different way. But did you know there is something that unites people globally? Kicking a ball at a lone man standing between two bars with a mesh net behind him, the only one on the vast field that’s allowed to use his hands.

It’s true. Sports don’t just bring families and friends together; according to Kari L. Jaksa (2011), published in SAIS Review of International Affairs, “For many countries, sports are a major component of national identity. . . . [T]hese countries are defined as much by their sporting pursuits as they are by their politics, economy, and geography.” There it is, the same scene around the world: a family (or a bunch of guys) from one or many cultures/backgrounds sitting on a couch staring at a TV (or in the stands) watching: THE GAME.

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