Why I can't stand football

Englishmen used to say that their real national team is the rugby national team (A.K.A. pommies, for the rest of the world), whereas in most other european countries (Germany, Spain, Italy...) the only possible team is the football national team.

So, in a time when a football star can earn as much as the whole budget of a team like, let's say, Perpignan (currently on top of French Top14), in the U.K. there are lots of campaigns to convince people switch their attention towards rugby.

It's fair, given the fact that RFU almost rules everything in rugby these days, including which ELVs should stay and which are not worth even a try. It's fair that they try to gather people from football, as people mean money and money means power. It's something that can be done in England. Or Scotland. Or Ireland. Not many more places.

To us, people from other countries, not blessed with the glorious gift of having been born in a place where they cook using filthy butter instead of olive oil, where they can't make a proper salad, don't know any use for the tomatoes, have no proper fruits at all, don't have quality meat and lack every possible single sign of civilised cuisine... For us, people not blessed with the glorious gift of such a nationality, rugby is not something we grow up with, and we need external help to get into it.

This is one or two weeks old and a very good example of what makes a normal person switch towards rugby.


Nursedude said...

Actually, all of the whining, diving and simulation is what is driving me away from soccer.

When I first fell in love with soccer as a kid, I could never imagine this kind of conduct from players like Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan-players who I held in very high regard. I think I can honestly say that there are very few football players with whom I would want to have a drink ,today.

Rugby players? No comparison.

sesenta y cuatro said...

Hm... I have a friend who would point out what aussie players do.

I agree that rugby players are different, but, don't you find it disturbing that so increasingly often players are involved in off-the-field behaviour issues?

To use an example of what I know best; Is it not an issue that many a young kiwi rugby player seems to have trouble with alcohol and can't properly behave? For it happens oft, that off and on field behaviour go together.

Nursedude said...

The off-pitch behavior issues are very concerning. I don't think it has become the level of thuggery like you see in the USA with NBA and NFL players, but I agree that rugby clubs have turned a blind eye-boys will be boys attitude when players get drunk and assault people.

Still, compared to what takes place ON the pitch and off, I have just become appalled by what I see in football/soccer these days.