It’s Only a Game

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The World Cup is coming to a close and the drama builds with each game. Of course, I’m referring to yesterday’s Croatian victory and their advance to the Finals this coming Sunday. A huge achievement for the unexpectedly successful Croatian team. Indeed, all of their victories and advances during this intense 21st World Cup have been accompanied by mixed Serbian reactions – from those who are of the opinion that we should never, (ever!), root for any sort of team associated with that country; to those who take a more generous position.

As someone tweeted: “I cannot understand the ‘Serb’ who during the World Cup is rooting for the team who celebrates their victories in the locker room singing things such as: “Listen up Serbian volunteers, you band of Chetniks, our hand will reach you in Serbia …”.

Neighboring countries aren’t always friendly ones. That’s probably why I found tweets of Ireland rooting against England! Whatever the case, Croatia has a good team, their heart is in the game and as one Serbian commentator noted “that’s how you play for your country!” At the end of the day, however, it’s only a game and there will eventually be winners and losers, stronger and weaker teams.  Having said that, this doesn’t mean I’m sorry England lost.

But here’s the thing – I can’t help but think that while we’re rooting for the opposing team they would never root for us. What’s more, I get the feeling that that’s what has led to all of their victories: their sense of national pride. We, on the other hand, seem to continuously be put in situations in which we show our true colors – and they’re not always the ones on the Serbian flag.

Alas, it’s only a game. So let the games continue and may the better team win!

Which, hopefully will be France 🙂

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