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Never did I think I would write about football and publish it in my blog. Nonetheless, do not expect to find any analysis here of how the Spanish selection played in the World Cup, or about the economic effects associated with football competitions, not to mention its social dimension in the sense of the modern version of “bread and circuses?”. However, because I like to take up the challenges posed by others, as has been witnessed here on other occasions, I am going to accept a suggestion made by Andres, the teacher in my English class.
Every day a conversation about football can be heard in the bar where I usually go to have a cup of coffee; even more, this topic is a good topic to stimulate a dynamic debate in English classes, allowing students to practice their speaking skills. In these instances, I generally stay silent because it is a theme I am not interested in at all.
My lack of interest is a weak point in the opinion of one of my friends. She argues that if you have a knowledge of football you can speak to everyone, wherever you are in the world. And she is right! When travelling around the world, if you say you are Spanish, right away someone names one of the two most famous Spanish football clubs. If your knowledge is broader, the conversation carries on; if not, there is nothing more to say. I must acknowledge that this is a universal theme; even in the most remote villages in the world that I have visited I could see children wearing football Jerseys belonging to the most famous clubs in the world.
My friend is interested in this topic and, as is also the case of my son, she is a supporter of one of the two clubs in our city. However, my son, who prefers basketball, is angered by the sports section in the news. According to him this section of the news is entitled incorrectly because the news is exclusively about football and they say nothing about other sports.
In a nutshell, I don´t care about football. This might be because I don´t understand the tactics which don’t move me, but it doesn´t even stir any feelings of patriotism within me which it seems to do in other people.
Dear readers, sorry if I have disappointed you because football is one of your passions; so, is there anyone who doesn´t care about football like me?