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Football: The many faces of society
Football in General
Member Name: TJHouston88
Football in General
Advantages: Health, wealth, and happiness.
Over 2 million people play football in the uk on a regular basis, and many more support their teams from the terraces. So why is football so popular? Firstly, unlike many aspects of life, the rules are uncomplicated. This allows people to pick up the games basic rules very easily. This allied with the minimal equipment requirements (football only) results in few barriers to entry when entering the world of football.
'The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.' - Phil Woosnam
Football isn't just a physical game, mental and personality attributes are also required. Team work, leadership, determination, bravery, and passion are all evident on the field of play.
'Everything I know about morality and the obligations of men, I owe it to football.' - Albert Camus
The soap opera of the modern game is the theatre of choice for football fans. Where else can you see such varied characters, intense storylines, and edge of the seat action in real life?
'Football is the ballet of the masses.' - Dmitri Shostakovich
The affects of football are not just pitch bound. From childrens role models, to the mood of the nation, football affects society as a whole.
'In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team.' - Luis Suarez
So with football shaping so many areas of life is it really just a game?
'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.' - Bill Shankly
Summary: Football = Life