It has been around 50 years now, since the incomparable Bill Shankly once said: “A few group think football involves life and passing. I’m extremely frustrated with that disposition. I guarantee you, it’s substantially more significant than that.”
I recollect one companion who once asked: “What is so unique about football? Isn’t football only 22 players going around, pursuing one ball?” Well, to the individuals who need to ask, no answer will do the trick.
Here is the thing that I would say football is.
Football is a culture that rises above public limits.
Regardless of whether you are in Spain, England, or Brazil, or Germany, football is a culture that is profoundly installed into each general public. Indeed, even in nations where a “footballing custom” isn’t as profound, it is as yet a game played by their youngsters in schools, by their children in the roads. Wherever you go, any place you are, everybody loves football – it is a worldwide culture.
Football joins together. Individuals of various race, language, identity, and religion, join to play a similar tune and sing a similar tune. It unites individuals, it separates hindrances. It is a tune of harmony.
In football, we experience the best contention. For directors, players and fans the same, it is a fight; a conflict to battle. See the power in the game, the drive, the forcefulness, the assurance. However we see the best regard. The shaking of hands, the trading pullovers, the regard and applause. It is a mystery that can’t be clarified.
See the energy and feelings in football. It energizes, it pushes down. It rouses, it baffles. It brings trust, it brings misery. It drives you forward, it eases back you down. It lifts you high, it brings you low. Football takes you and holds you.
Football is an enduring memory. It is an inheritance which goes on for a lifetime. Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Kenny Daglish, (Yes, I am a Liverpool fan), Sir Bobby Charlton, Pele, Maradona… We actually recall them. We talk about them, we expound on them. People in the future will in any case consider them.
Indeed, there is a clouded side to football. Those players who jump, some who cheat, others battle, and some would hurt. These are the individuals who taint the appearance of the excellent game. In any case, the clouded side just demonstrates that there is a radiant side to football, a side made just more brilliant however the dimness encompassing it.