In a world of divi­sion, one thing unites us

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

I’VE never been a mas­sive fan of tele­vi­sion shows or movies.

I’ve never had Net­flix, Stan, Dan or what­ever they are all called.

My es­cape is a world of real drama, real emo­tion and real peo­ple.

My es­cape is sport.

I know foot­ball, the sport many Aus­tralians (in­clud­ing my­self) re­fer to as soc­cer, isn’t ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.

Grow­ing up in a coun­try where “real” foot­ballers don’t take a back­wards step and put their bod­ies on the line reg­u­larly, it can be hard warm­ing up to a game where div­ing, di­a­mond ear­rings and man­scap­ing are a part of the cul­ture.

But there’s some­thing you can’t deny, foot­ball unites this world like noth­ing else can.

No re­li­gious leader, no politi­cian, no nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and no hu­man­i­tar­ian project brings to­gether ev­ery coun­try on earth like the FIFA World Cup.

It’s the great­est show in the world and there’s no di­rec­tor in sight.

Foot­ball pro­vides drama: Did you see Toni Kroos’s freak match-win­ning goal for Ger­many five min­utes into in­jury time?

Foot­ball pro­vides emo­tion: Did you see Brazil­ian won­der­boy Ney­mar burst into tears af­ter he led his na­tion to its first win of the tour­na­ment?

Foot­ball pro­vides peo­ple: The world is in awe of Ja­panese fans as they stay to clean up the sta­dium at the con­clu­sion of their team’s game.

I don’t know about you but I think sport is as real as it gets.

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