The conquest of normality

first_imgThe significance of the current situation represents an unprecedented challenge for the world. Football attends the moment with uncertainty, Threatened like all activities by the collective instability and economic fragility that the pandemic will leave. While debating between different return alternatives, without a clear way out yet, the need to know what tomorrow will be like and what role it can play in social reconstruction emerges.No one knows how or when football will return as we all know it, with crowds crowding stadiums, but there seems to be a common consensus on its restorative qualities. “The day a game is played with people in the stadiums the message will be ‘we are back.’ The recovery of football will bring us a sense of normality, as now its absence places us in an exceptional situation “, explains Jorge Valdano. The Argentine writer Eduardo Sacheri, whose literary production is infused with football references (‘Waiting for Tito and other football stories ‘,’ The life we ​​think ‘…), also anticipates its primary function: “Like many other cultural tools, soccer transports what human beings deposit in it. It carries with it those possibilities of translating into a simple, democratic and playful activity the emotions and thoughts that for each human being are more difficult to manage within. When he returns he will have his necessary and desirable place in the resumption of our sociocultural practices. “ Manuel Vilas, finalist of the Planeta Prize 2019 for his novel ‘Alegría’ expresses himself under this same criterion. “Soccer is going to be decisive because it is going to re-socialize people and, now that we are distancing ourselves, it will make us lose our fear of others. It is synonymous with freedom and a desire to be with others. It will be a fearless feeling again, “ consider the Aragonese author. “It will be one of the great conquests of normality, it will articulate coexistence and will raise awareness that the crisis has been overcome “, Luis García Montero, poet, essayist and, since July 2018, director of the Instituto Cervantes, who shares his football enthusiasm between Real Madrid and Granada, subscribes. From another perspective, Luis Landero, an Extremaduran novelist and another well-known Madrid fan, highlights the recreational aspect of football: “There is no need to ask for political, social values ​​… It is a fantasy that we attend with always childish eyes. There is something innocent in every fan, and that innocence is not and should not be at the service of anything, it is pure playful pleasure. ” “His return will be therapeutic and will provide us with a much-needed distraction.” Ratifies Franklin Foer, journalist for the American media The Atlantic and author of the book “The world on a ball: globalization through football”, published in 2004. “The coronavirus has exposed all the errors of neoliberalism. The defense of the public and the authority of the state seem fundamental to me. Unfortunately I think that the human being has little arrangement, although I do think that the economic contraction will affect the players, teams and televisions, “reflects García Montero. Aware of the peculiarities of the market, Valdano’s forecasts point to the same trend.” The situation will make the industry more cautious due to financial stress. Few have cash and without cash you are nobody. I have a feeling that Neymar’s 222 million is going to be a record for many years, “ the former Argentine soccer player predicts.The harshness of the health crisis and the economic consequences that follow from it put football at a crossroads. When you raise the blind, you will be affected by the restlessness and precariousness that traps the world. The dilemma raises a question to which some light can be added, but which only time will eventually clear up. Will football continue to occupy a notable position in the order of human priorities? “Soccer will be decisive because it will re-socialize people” “It will raise awareness that the crisis has been overcome”center_img Luis García Montero Economic depressionIn his famous work, as the title indicates, Foer describes the globalization process from the expansion of soccer. Different thinkers and economists presage a crisis of the neoliberal model, but the American writer does not see that this possible reality is transferred to football. “It will never self-regulate to reduce grotesque wages and redistribute profits among clubs. If governments wanted to tame the soccer economy, corruption, which is the master narrative of our times, should be investigated,” he says from a pessimistic position. “It will not reform to become something more pure,” he predicts. The same hopeless tone is used by Landero: Hopefully a little bit of freedom from money will be released and there will be green shoots of romanticism, or at least common sense or decorum. But I’m afraid that, bad as well, everything will remain more or less the same. “There are those who offer the reason for this discouragement.” The fan approaches the game with the dose of ingenuity and candor typical of children in the face of what they marvel at. . And with the same lack of critical sense of children. That is why professional football can afford the doses of irregularities, improvisations and embezzlement with which it moves, “says Sacheri. Manuel Vilaslast_img

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