From my 2010 entry: “The World Cup (Sociology and Philosophy of )” Hasn’t aged a day in four years!
“Even those who don’t appreciate the finesses and power of soccer should enjoy the current World Soccer (“Football Association”) Cup. It’s an event portent with philosophical implications. It’s the stage where, in full view of much of the world, the prideful and the powerful get their butts kicked by nobodies. England, the country that invented the noble game, seldom even gets close to a goblet, much less to the Cup itself. Right now, some of the European super-powers have trouble keeping their own against former dwarves.”
And now: Soccer is an intensely moral game, as opposed to most others. Even those who are not familiar with it can see readily that the game rewards bravery and spirit and allows them to prevail over technique. That’s how little Chile beat world champion Spain yesterday and how tiny Uruguay defeated England decisively today.
Soccer allows for individual initiative but only to the extent that it serves the team’s progress. The “beautiful game” promotes both artistry and self-discipline: Even if your dribbling is magnificent, you have to pass. For players, it’s probably physically the most complete sport ever.
In spite of the well-publicized disgusting behavior of soccer fans – almost all English, almost all in England – the game is played in a largely gentlemanly manner even when the stakes are through the roof.
I also know six women an one guy who affirm to me (individually) that soccer players have the most muscular legs of all.