I’m not a football lover, but seeing people’s passion for it and its miracles, I think I should support a club. I realize that soccer is not just a form of sport, but a bond builder. It is incredible how sport – football – unites people of different origins, races, castes, tribes or religions. Grudges between people are resolved only by the mention of a famous football player or a recently played football match. How do we frantically argue just to justify who is the better player?
Inevitably, the world is filled with divisions and schisms with countries going to war despite cataclysmic consequences. People grudgingly cling to their differences with no intention of reconciliation. The world has become a wasteland of zombies hungry and waiting to pounce on each other. However, football has proven to be a powerful and effective tool for conjuring up the spirit of unity among men, even in the face of our differences. For example, the war that began in 2002 between the Muslims of northern Ivory Coast and the Christians of southern Ivory Coast ended in 2006 when the country qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Didier Drogba, the star player and a very popular figure in the country, begged the two warring parties to stop their fights on national television. The football team made up of people from different tribes and religions helped the country end its bloody conflicts.
Later, football helps overcome cultural barriers. The 2022 World Cup consisted of 32 countries from around the world. According to a report, more than 2.40 million viewers attended the World Cup. These viewers were of different religions, educational levels and backgrounds, tribes, races, etc. They all put aside these differences and came together with a common goal: to determine the world champion of male athletes, and what they feel is happiness, an indescribable ecstasy. The FIFA World Cup, through the power of football, brings people together to cross borders, unite and celebrate together. The world is coming together in a global movement to inspire, unite and develop through football.
Mandela said in the year 2000: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to bring people together in a way that few other things have. Speak to young people in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there is only despair“. This quote forcefully reiterates the fact that football is an effective bonding tool.
Soccer is believed to be possibly the most popular sport. It is popular with children and adults. It can be played by girls or boys. It is a sport practiced by more than 200 million people in more than 100 countries and dependencies, which makes it the most popular sport in the world.
Finally, “…football has the power to unite people in a way nothing else does…”, it follows from this quote that football is a unique and important sport that unites people, both inside and outside societies. It unites people regardless of their tribe, origin or race.
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