Football Violence: The other side of the World Cup stories: Germany, still described in the ยูฟ่าเบท hapless clichés of efficient machines and ruthless, clinical finishing, have been dazzling: precisely the word that the French press used to laud the Brazilians at the 1938 World Cup when they surprised the world and showed us what the new football looked like.
Football Violence: The other side of the World Cup stories
Now the continental positions are reversed. Germany, finally emerging as what it has been for decades – we pre-eminent European power – has a football team to match its ambitions and its character: brilliantly organized but highly flexible; individually accomplished but ufabet telepathically networked; technically superior to the Brazilians in touch, positioning and anticipation.
Their 7–1 demolition of the hosts in São Paulo in the semi-final earl ier in the week is unlikely to be bettered. The backdrop to the Argentinians’ almost impregnable nerve and defensive concentration on the field is President Kirchner’s bitter fight with US-based vulture funds over its rescheduled debt ufabet obligations. Under immense economic pressure and looking a major debt default in the eye, the country still aims to cock a snook at the international order.
Meanwhile it waits for its football messiah, Lionel Messi, finally to come alive at the World Cup, to replicate Maradona’s brilliance in 1986 when they last won the title, then he too can ascend to divinity.
Other people’s World Cup stories have been more abruptly terminated.
On Sunday 15 June, the Somalian jihadi group Al-Shabaab sent two minibuses of gunmen to Mpeketoni, a small Kenyan town on the Indian Ocean. There, they machine-gunned a crowd watching France versus Honduras in a television hall, as well as attacking a hotel, bank and the police station, leaving fifty people dead.
In Adamawa state, in the troubled ยูฟ่าเบท central belt of Nigeria, they had been expecting the same from Boko Haram, and big screens and public gatherings had been banned.
Nonetheless, two days later, as Brazil played Mexico, a bomb went off in a motorized rickshaw parked next to a viewing party in the capital city Damaturu; the local hospital received twenty-one corpses and death with twenty-seven serious injuries.
All through the tournament, the forever war between Israel and Gaza’s Palestinians has raged.
On 9 July, a group gathered at the Full-Time beach cafe in Gaza to watch the semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands, and was struck by an air-to-ground missile, leaving eight dead. Just one of 750 locations hit by the Israelis in a forty-eight-hour aerial assault, just eight lives from a death toll of at least seventy-eight.
As one survivor recalled, ‘We were watching news on the television, waiting for the match to begin. I heard a terrible boom and felt myself suffocating. I woke up to find myself here in hospital.”