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Fred
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Sorry to be a spoil sport but wouldn't it be nice if the World Cup turned into a farce and a disaster as a result of various groups of workers going on sudden and unanticipated strikes, against  Union advice (tee-hee-hee);   with the resultant frustration and tarnishing of this great glittering artificially manufactured soccer spectacular,   staged  doubtless corruptly  by the bourgeoisie,  on a planet that is sick of hearing about it already but is supposed to fall deliriously in love with it  as used audiences at the Colosseum in Rome with all the blood and gore.   

 

It seems everyone is inclined to go on strike a little  in Brazil, even the police!  Some of the Stadiums, built by badly paid, barely paid, resentful workers, may well fall down or suffer structural mishaps.  Some of the soccer pitches themselves look as if they were still jungle till last night, so rough is their surface.  Would school kids want to play on them, or isn't the beach preferable!  Many of the poorest folk in Brazil,  uprooted from their shanty towns at gun point, to make room for stadiums and provide by their absence  a cordon  sanitaire  around them for security reasons - you never know either what disease you might catch from unpleasant contact with the very poor, don't forget that! - may also turn up outside games to harass wealthy visitors with their noise and stench. What a spectacle!  

 

And wouldnt it it be nice too, if workers in different sectors of industry, taking advantage of the Cup to make wage and other demands, suddenly realized the power they have at their finger tips should they decide to work together in solidarity?  Let the bourgeoisie tremble in their fancy shoes.  Who knows where this might lead?   Solidarity can spawn mass meetings, rejection of Union  interference, developing class consciousness and - wait for it - workers councils. 

 

So, wouldn't it be nice too if these workers struggles and the developing consciousness sparked off by the Cup spread out of Brazil and into say Venezuela?  Such is the plight of workers there under Stalinist socialism and crazy macho chavismo that the  merest  spark of worker revolt  anywhere nearby could break through the bourgeois imposition of silence in Venezuela  and rekindle the working class in a blaze of dynamic and ferocious power. With Brazil and Venezuela aflame, Chile, Peru and Ecuador would catch fire too. And before  we knew it the whole of S. America would be leading the world out of the prison of capital and towards a world of communism and new hope.  

 

All a bit far-fetched perhaps?  But you never know. The most wonderful events like organized workers' uprisings  can turn up quite suddenly out of the blue - unlike the World Cup - and spoil sports can sometimes be right. 

baboon
Politically correct

I don't think that I'm dragging the name of the ICC through the mud by wanting to talk about football on its discussion website

I agree with Fred about the nature of events in Brazil and the fundamental corruption of football. I think that the ICC's series on sport was a real advance and deepening of the workers' movement on this question. But I do want to defend the game of football which, despite everything, is still a sport of the working class. I support a local pub team that plays in a park in the small town I live in. Some of the football is of excellent quality and the team and the spectators have integrated recent African worker migrants and their kids. It was football through the 70's and 80's which, after some difficulties, was second only to music in integrating black and white youth. Over 30 years ago a women's team from here comprised entirely of workers went on a tour of India to play other women's teams and they got gates of a hundred thousand.

Of course there's all the shit around the World Cup but here are the best players, the most exciting players in the world are engaged (I'm aware of the "meat market" aspect). Some of the games have been edge of seat stuff and the Germany/USA game was stunning, attacking football. Defences have been great, particularly goalkeepers.

The English team was woeful. Big mistake by the manager to play Steve Gerrard who was devastated mentally and physically from Liverpool's disappointment at the end of last season. One of the features of this event has been the celebration of the benches where all the subs, management team, etc., get excitedly involved in the goal celebrations. It was indicative of England's miserable experience that the bench celebrations led to the English physio having his ankle broken. That was the end of his world cup to be swiftly followed by the rest of the team. The much vaunted "young forwards" had their flashes but they spent too much time on the floor (where you can't play football) waiting for free-kicks. Rooney was probably the best player. The slant on the defeat was even more pathetic than the defeat itself: "good, young team", "experience for the future", etc.

Best goal for me so far was, despite some cracking shots and moves, Van Persie's great dying swan header in the game against Spain.

Another strange feature of the TV coverage is fixing on some faces of spectators from the losing sides which show tension, anger, despair and yet when they realise that they are on the telly it's like someone has sprinkled hilarious dust on them. I don't know what it means but it's funny.

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Having a personal website for

Having a personal website for their face is not enough, Baboon. They need to see it on a massive 50' screen, too. This is what makes people happy in 2014.

The superman header was pretty cool but there have been some amazing goals from free kicks and set pieces as well.

It's too damn bad Germany beat Algeria, because that would have setup France vs. Algeria which would have been fucking awesome!

Redacted
It's always a kick watching

It's always a kick watching the players during the national anthems. Cheezus the Italians are a nationalist bunch, you would have thought they were singing a show tune

baboon
That's a bit harsh isn't it

That's a bit harsh isn't it Jamal? Surely it's a human emotion to laugh and act the fool if someone points a camera at you (except if you're Posh Becks). I thought that these incidences expressed the janus face of tragedy and comedy very well. A sense of humour.

Fred
Its a pity Brazil had to go

Its a pity Brazil had to go through the predictable  humiliation of playing the Netherlands after their morale, pride and soccer skills too were shattered by Germany. It reminded me of the sort of humiliation the working class can suffer at the hands of the triumphant bourgeoisie.  Like the notorious miners' strike in  Britain  in the 80's.  Once your confidence as a class, or as a team, has been penetrated and destroyed, you can't do anything till you rest, recompose yourself and recover, and its terrible to be forced to try. 

Did anyone else notice the way that Neymar was, on film at least, put out of action by an apparently deliberate knee in the back by some  opponent?  The referee must have missed it cos he didn't react. Football may be a working class sport as baboon says, but it now contains within it all the bourgeoisie's passion for dirty tricks, both on and off the pitch, though that's hardly surprising I guess. 

Decomposition is everywhere. It is very depressing. But in a recent article on leftcom the idea.of RECOMPOSITION  was put forward and evidence presented of movements round the world containing workers, sometimes isolated as citizens,  attempting to recover, reassemble and recompose themselves as a class,  as the initial shock at the depth of the bourgeoisie's austerity attacks begins to fade.  It reminded me of  poor old Brazil and poor old Stephen Gerrard too.  We live in a cruel world. 

baboon
Way Jose

I am no fan of Chelsea, au contraire, but you have to admire the footballing genius of Jose Mourinho - absent from the World Cup in fact. He's just sold David Luis for over sixty million quid and brought German world cup goal scorer (blinding goal against Brazil) Andre Schurrie for £18 million.