Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A World Cup Tragedy

So close and yet so far.
The Australian Football team the 'Socceroos' are out of the World Cup. After making the World Cup finals for the second time, 32 years since our last trip to the finals. We are out at the round of 16 in the most tragic of situations.

The Italians lost a man in the second half to a red card. Australia controlled the play, had more shots on goal. But it was in the last seconds of the match a penalty was given to Azzuri.

Now that penalty was cruel and unusual punishment. Football (roundball as I call it) is a cruel game and it just doesn't cut it with the Australian sense of fair play. In the Australian psyche its just not right when you control a match and dominate so much and still loose. The jumpers on the bandwagon will jump off again, but maybe they'll be few who will stay on the roundball bandwagon. Play it, enjoy it, and encourage others to play it.

No other Australian football code has something like the World Cup. Sure Rugby Union and Cricket have world cups and the cricket one is huge, but nothing is as huge as the Football World Cup. It binds a country in a way no other sporting event can. I have heard people say that they have felt more Australian since watching the Socceroos. And these people are true blue 6th and 7th generation Australians of English decent.

Personally in the little country theatre that I watched Australia's games, I have never felt more connected with a group of people as Australians before. Nationalisim is dangerous, but you can have pride in the endevours of your country-men and women in a way that makes you proud to be from where they are from. To know that you too were born in the same country as those who are running around giving it to the likes of Brazil, Croatia, Japan, and Italy. And not just fighting hard to make the grade but actually equaling them or even playing better.



Thanks Guss and the Socceroos for a fantastic ride. The adventure was great while it lasted. It had to end sometime, but why did it have to end like this?

9 comments:

Vampirella said...
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November Rain said...

I agree though the US isnt much for Soccer it does bring worlds together (though I prefer to watch rugby or amer football)

The US I wasnt surprise as not making it... but have to root for them anyway (Ameri born here)

When France Plays I route for France
(french soon to be citizen and married french)

when Germany plays I route for germany (live here)

but as I said I prefer rugby or Ameri Football

Professor Xavier said...

Speaking as an American, what is this World Cup you speak of?

November Rain said...

World Soccer Championship Proffessor its right up there with the olympics

captain koma said...

Gee, typical Amrican.
My world the USof A. Insular. Looking in always looking in, never looking outside its little world.

Sorry. Aussies suffer from tall poppy syndrome. We believe in a fair go. But if we think you've had too much of a fair go. Your getting things your own way.

Professor Xavier said...

And that's what makes my comment so darn funny!

Synth-Lin said...

Sorry Komy.

I'll make you some lemon chicken.

Love you all

Lin

Vampirella said...

Hey Koma my American happily lost in Germany says to tell you that all her german friends thought Aussi team was robbed

Vampirella said...

oh she also wanted to say as the americans say someone call 911 ;)