Czech Republic


Soccer: What lovely memories, excitement and thoughts that word brings up. Right now, the world is filled with excitement because of the Football Euro Cup Championship – yes, I call it football, because I believe that it’s the only real “foot” ball game. Just imagine, please, the hundreds of thousands of people who are tuning in to root for their country – if they have made it far enough, compete on the stage of the highest stakes sporting tournament the world can offer. The great thing is that all peoples hold some interest in this sporting event. It is something that is highly regarded from France and Germany to England and Italy,  and even South America, Asia and the USA.

Consider, if you will, the love of the supporters of these countries, when they score a point to either give them the extra cushion in a particular match, or even more heart-pounding, the winning goal in the final of the Euro Cup!

Let me claim this first of all – whichever of the ball games is your most favored, fine. I can deal with that. It’s just the way in which you refer to your sport that I find somewhat strange. I have seen criticism of football – the genuine football I mean – making jokes about the ballet-style heading prowess of the players and the acting efforts of some of its professional participants and, there are times that, I concur with that.

But, facts are facts, true and undeniable. “Soccer” is the only football code that depends on the use and skill of the feet for its players. The word, ladies and gentlemen, is “football”.

In all the other previously mentioned codes, nine times out of ten, the ball is held by the players’ hands. OK so they kick it once in a while – very occasionally in the US style. Therefore, there is often an argument for not calling that specific code “football” at all – when you consider that they only call someone onto the playing area as a kind of specialist who is to actually kick the ball; to either begin a game or get “bonus” scoring points to a team’s total.

Enough is really enough. I could go on until the end of time. Don’t think we could ever relay this to a court of law with this one, because everyone would have their opinions about their favorites, but I figure I’ve given a considerable argument for Soccer being the absolute sole Football.