Yesterday we witnessed yet another loss from the English soccer team, this time around punished by a player who happens to practice his profession in the English Premier League, Luis Suarez. As an African, there’s something unsettling about a victory for Uruguay in a spectacle such as the World Cup after Suarez
fucked us up did us bad back in 2010 against Ghana (though unsure if our negative feelings are towards the national team or just Suarez), but I’ll admit they outperformed England and deserves that win. As for England and the World Cup? Though they have the potential to reign supreme in such a tournament, betting on them wouldn’t be wise.
Don’t get me wrong England has the right players, coaches, support structures, etc, but if you pay attention to what makes you believe in their power you’d notice that there’s a whole lot of bullshitting going on there. Read along as I make my point.
Don’t Be Fooled By The English Premier League
I know a lot of people who still believe in the England national squad. I understand their perspective; they watch too many English Premier League matches and listen to too much British commentary. The Premier League is probably the biggest, most commercially successful, and the most competitive soccer league in the world. A lot of players dream of playing in it. A lot of coaches feel like they can coach in any league if they conquer in it. A lot of spectators feel like they’ve seen the best when they watch it. But how many English players that publicly declare their intentions of playing in another league other than theirs? How many English coaches who get to coach in foreign leagues and how many get to lead their teams to glory more often? And what percentage of the world’s soccer spectators get to discuss other leagues other than the EPL?
English Makes It Easier To Understand
And of course there’s the language. There are so many good leagues out there with a great number of skilled and talented soccer players, but what seems to be their challenge in attracting eyeballs is their language barrier. The players, the coaches, the fans, and even the commentary is communicated in that country’s language, making it hard for the rest of us to understand. So, we tend to turn our attention to what comes easy – the English Premier League. Let’s all face it, English makes the Premier League easy to follow (if you get what I’m saying).
There’s something else about English soccer that sort of keeps us attentive, and that’s the commercialization of the game. The signing fees, the tv rights, footballer’s wives, the merchandise, the glits and the glamor, and even world renowned corporate brands want to associate their names with that industry.
All this adds up and makes us feel like we understand the English football story cause we see they put a lot of effort to
get attention the game. And to sum it up, the English fans and the players put a lot of heart in it, the business and the team managers a lot of thought into it, but something is amiss… A soul perhaps?