Friday, June 13, 2008

Euro 2008 and Politics

FT's Gideon Rachman offers five reasons for considering the Euro 2008 soccer championship a political game. My favorites : "you can mention the war" and "Spanish self-loathing".

"Some Spanish soccer analysts think that the national team’s lack of success may have something to do with the strength of regional identities in the country and the difficulty of moulding a successful team made up of players from Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque country. Interesting theory: but what then accounts for England’s lack of success? We’ve got rid of the Scots, Welsh and Irish and haven’t even qualified."