Wednesday, July 12, 2006

World Cup Finals - Nation 1, State 0

Another title for this entry could be

Nationalism-1, Capitalism-0

After Italy defeated France in the World Cup, 2006, Roberto Calderoli of Italy's Northern League said Italy had "beaten a team which, in the quest for results, sacrificed its own identity by selecting blacks, Muslims and communists." He's correct. America's sports franchises could learn a lesson from that. It's better to make a team from a place where people live - than it is to make a team from money.


Blogger neurotici said...

With all due respect, I don't think you really understand the situation he is talking about.
We're not talking about a team that bought foreign players, which is possible at the club level, but not national representation. To be in the national team, you have to have the nationality of the country.
The people in the French team have had the French Nationality independently of how they play soccer.
For the great majority of them, they were born and raised in France.
We're basically talking of the same situation of Michael Jordan in the Dream Team. Mister Calderoli is basically asking why there are so many black player in the American Dreamteam.

Therefore, what Calderoli says is purely racist. Is saying black on white, that the French team shouldn't have used French black people, even if they were the best choice.

5:31 PM  
Blogger PuckPan said...

I'll agree that I don't fully understand the situation in France - because I'm an American - but so are you.

I don't doubt that money can make a team - like the Yankees; or a band like the Backstreet Boys. And these can be winners. I think Calderoli's point is that it doesn't mean as much when they do win. That's personal obviously. What you call "racist" is to Calderoli a deeply felt sense of peoplehood.

I think you can differ and live in the same world. Im pleased with my post.

6:58 PM  

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