In a world of division, one thing unites us
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.