I’m trying to identify why I am so blue with Brazil’s loss in the World Cup against Germany today. It’s very strange since I hardly know anything about football, and I’m not even Brazilian! But I guess I can empathise with Brazilians in a lot things.
In the Philippines, the new “national hero” is Manny Pacquiao, a boxing champion. Whenever he fights, the entire country is at a standstill. Even criminals stop making crimes. Everyone is hooked and watching with bated breath in front of the TV. This man has come to embody the country’s fighting spirit; short and not even well-educated, he was able to make a name for himself through boxing. And what a fighter he is! I can only surmise that football is what Manny Pacquiao to the Philippines. I am however, not even a fan of boxing.
But I grew to become interested in football since Japan is in the WC, and having been surrounded by Brazilian friends, and with my partner S talking about football all the time (S has excellent me memory on football stuff despite not being a fan, according to her), the fever has infected me. Well yeah, I don’t wanna wake up at 4am to watch the games, but I try to keep track of all of Brazil’s matches.
When you come from a country that’s beset with social, economic and political problems, the opportunity to forget all the problems around you is a saving grace. For an hour or so, people become embroiled in a world where it’s a one on one fight, and the chance of winning is 50-50. It’s like a salve that heals wounds, albeit temporarily. The US, Germany, Netherlands, etc. are countries that excel in the sciences, engineering, technology… and wins bags of medals during the summer and winter Olympics. But for countries such as the Philippines, winning that one boxing match becomes a source of shining pride. I can imagine how it must be for Brazil too, to become big winners on an international stage, and feel like they’re on top of the world and unbeatable in at least one thing, whether it be boxing or football!
So yeah, I’m blue for Brazil today. Because I can only imagine what it’s like to go back to being beaten.
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