“The bigger the drama the more important the football”

first_imgLuis Landero Franklin Foer For Luis García Montero, there will not be any significant transformation either: “We are not going to get better out of everything that is happening, only with one more experience for generations that had not lived a reality like this.” “I suspect that just as some values ​​will tend to persist, so will our stupidities,” Sacheri reiterates illuminatingly. This look has a mirror in which it can be found. After the 2008 financial crisis, different in form, substance and cruelty compared to the current one, although under the same pattern of economic disgrace, the influx of spectators to the Primera stadiums practically grew season by season. The figures always exceeded ten million attendees and reached the 11 million mark in the worst years of the depression. Soccer represented an oxygen ball and consolidated its influence. “It is always a refuge for people,” says García Montero. “Few things evade as much as a game. The love of the game is always maintained,” says Vilas. As Bobby Charlton synthesized years ago in a question that did not need too many words: “What would we do without football, for heaven’s sake? “In a world like today, with no certainties to hold onto, soccer’s status and familiarity seem safe, as well as its comforting effects on society. “When we return to our normal activity, it may become more relevant than it was,” Valdano muses. “Because we would need fiction more than ever. Soccer is precisely to forget dramas. And if things have a certain sense of proportion, the bigger the drama, the more important football is. “ “We will look for what is close and soccer is familiar”center_img From this perspective, when the pandemic recedes, football appears to be returning to its place. Their ability to mobilize and monitor the population will not decline, according to the vision of the writers consulted. “He will once again become the social prodigy that he is, capable of putting thousands and thousands of people in a stadium and to gather millions in front of a television, “says García Montero.” Soccer and fear is an equation that does not work and now we see everything black. Actually, nothing fits with fear. But when this happens it will come back with force. Now we feel that something fundamental has been taken from us, such as a passion for color and a passion for sharing, and that is illustrative. Soccer will suffer like all shows, but it will continue to be a firm pillar for everyone “, Manuel Vilas determines. Even his condition as a mass phenomenon could be reinforced, as Franklin Foer says: “I am an Arsenal fan, and I first felt the weight of this disease when our coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus. I felt as if it had affected someone from My own family, so I think the passion for soccer will rise with this prolonged absence. We will appreciate what we missed during all this time. Communion with our teams will be a family bond. On returning to normality, we will seek to recover what is close, understand something of our old lives, and soccer is the familiar. I am eager for your return. I need to restore that calming part of life. “ When exploring the meaning and validity of the revealing phrase “soccer is the most important thing of the least important things”, one wonders what will happen once the state of normality is restored. Accustomed to monopolizing all the foci, the deep-rooted importance of soccer in society can be questioned, maintained or even accentuate its popularity among the people.“Soccer will continue being what it was. That was not changed by wars and not by an epidemic. There is a space in life for play that is little less than inviolable, “argues Luis Landero. This reasoning is reinforced by Eduardo Sacheri:” From the current juncture we tend to imagine a different future, but because we have a different present. In the future, our priorities, interests and shortcomings do not think they will be different from what they were until recently. “Jorge Valdano agrees with this perception. “Our relationship with football is not going to change anything in the essential, especially in the passionate. Its tremendous symbolic load will resist. We will continue to believe that our team is unique and that the others are not rivals but enemies. From that side I do not expect any revolution, “he says. Faced with messages that insist that the human being will not be the same after the coronavirus, he announces that” we are not going to leave this process changed. “” The human condition is what it is and in a few months we will return to the same reactions that have characterized us throughout life, “he adds. “It is a fantasy that we attend with childish eyes”last_img read more