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i went out with my friends last night to watch the semi-final match between portugal and france at the national sports grill, which i learned that night had transferred to greenbelt 3. i hesitated at first since i don't have any strong feelings about football, particularly the fifa world cup, because my country isn't playing, and because the game was scheduled to start at the ungodly hour of 3am. while my interest in the game is nothing derangedly fanatical, i do find myself reading about it a lot, wanting to know who's won, although i am not supporting any particular team. this morning though, i decided to root for portugal, because it appeared to me that they were the underdogs, and well, because i wanted to tick off my friends who were cheering for france. oh, also because of ferdinand magellan.

when the game started, i started clapping and cheering for portugal. there were pretty girls there with portugal shirts, and they're probably portuguese, but i don't know, although the majority of those who kept vigil inside national sports grill were on the french side. those who wore the maroon jersey were mostly stationed outside. luis figo's and cristiano ronaldo's faces flash on screen and i hoot and cheer. then they show zinedine zidane's mug and this guy behind me practically shouts at my ear. i ignored it at first, thinking, he must really be a fan. as the night wore on, i get really irritated by him.

he kept shouting viva la france! viva la france! fine. cheer. but last i heard, they don't speak spanish in france. and yes, you know all the players of france. big deal. dinibdib mo siguro yung football for dummies na pinamimigay ng libre sa national sports grill. and please stop your jokes about it'll be open house at french baker and le coeur de france after zidane scored that penalty kick. sana dinagdag mo na rin ang delifrance para hindi paulit-ulit yung corny mong comment. walang natawa, kahit yung babaeng kasama mo na mas lalong hindi fan ng football. and let me remind you, it's le coeur de france. at nagsuot ka pa ng t-shirt na may french flag. galing penshoppe, mukhang bagong-bago. you know, i have no problem about you cheering for france, but why do you have to shout it at my ear? at parang pag pinapalakpakan ko yung portugal pag nakakalapit sila sa goal, bakit sinasabihan mo ako ng "no way jose. no way jose." hindi ako si jose (how-zey). tinulugan ko na nga ang kalahati ng second half, ginising mo pa ako nung muntik nang maka-score ang portugal. "walang makakalusot kay barthez!" hindi naman tayo magkakilala, pero parang pinipersonal mo ako, eh wala naman akong pakialam talaga sa football. nagpa-interview ka pa sa solar sports, sablay naman ang english mo. don't even let me start on your poor choice of words and your accent. and your logic defies convention: you tell us to support france and respect it because it beat the crap out of the world champions brazil. eh ngayon? just because it beat brazil we should change loyalties? and by we, i meant, non-france fans.

well, i'm not sure if i'm going to be a football fan henceforth, but i am considering the sport, since it has less post-colonial and cultural imperialism underpinnings compared with the NBA. it's still 4 years till the next world cup, which will be held in south africa. i did play a bit of football when i was in elementary school, and i come from mindanao where football is huge (i have at least 2 cousins who went on full scholarships playing varsity football), so i could probably get myself interested in the sport. my friends were actually surprised that i was rather knowledgeable of the current world cup considering i confessed i wasn't much of a fan. but that can change. like my previous view of badminton. amazing how your friends can influence you.

anyway, so many things are taking place. i administered the quiz last night for AMCI's BMC 2006. it was wildly different from previous quizzes, because this one had narratives! haha. reading comprehension required! i enjoyed making it. it was a lot trickier, than say just regurgitating memorized phrases. some guys did get perfect scores, so that just means the quiz wasn't totally impossible. i must admit though, that despite my liberal checking, some guys still got really disappointing scores. also, i'll be assisting beng for TC1 as her AGL. my group has chito, glenn, jomen, adonnis, genie, and michelle. i wonder how this one turns out. it'll be in mt. lamot in calauan, laguna. flashes of the UPLB rape slay here. so far, we only have 3 tents! good luck. i also already have the details of the san mig light adventure race. i asked my teammate jenny to attend the briefing, and after the organizers described the course, she said it'll be a cinch. haha. good luck again!
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Vinci per noi, Italia
(Anonymous)
Ha ha. Go root for the Azzurri, Alman. The Italians' official outfitter is usually Armani. Classy, di ba? I think the French went with Le Coq Sportif in '86. The game of football originated from the British Isles, that's why the dice is loaded in their favor. They have four separate representatives (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). The game went around the world as the British Empire expanded. The first football teams among the current world powers were put up by Brit blokes, usually laying railway tracks in such far flung places as Spain, Italy, Brazil, Argentina. That's why some of the top professional teams in the non-Anglophone world have English names. Sporting Gijon, FC (Football Club) Porto, AC Milan (Athletic Club), Newell's Old Boys, Boca Juniors, etc. I did not read John Pete's lecture notes at all, so I would not be surprised if I did poorly in the quiz. :) Cheers, Cecil
Re: Vinci per noi, Italia
yeah. i will probably cheer for italy in the finals. wala lang. haha. interesting trivia there about the origins of football. and this thing about the UK having 4 teams is the reason england has only won 1 world cup, and the rest haven't! haha.

you did well in the exam, actually. good enough, although the goal is always to get a perfect score. :D
Re: Vinci per noi, Italia
(Anonymous)
The other three are not very good, though, so they cheer the other team during English international matches. The Scots call the English the Aulde Enemy (for real historical reasons), and the first international match ever was played between them in 1872, ended nil-nil.

The French are interesting. British sailors introduced the game there. But as the white supremacist Jean-Marie Le Pen observes, there are not enough persons of pallor in his country's team -- just Ribery, Sagnol, and Barthez their eccentric goalkeeper. The others are drawn from the old French colonies -- Zidane's parents are migrants from Morocco, Viera was born in Ghana, Henry from the ex-Caribbean possessions, Makelele from somewhere in French Africa.

So in that sense football probably has more imperialist baggage than the NBA, he he.
Re: Vinci per noi, Italia
i look at it differently, actually. the reason i think the NBA is sport masquerading as cultural imperialism is that the americans think they're the world's best basketball players, and that the NBA IS the center of basketball, and that regardless of nationality, one ought to be a fan of an NBA team. while there is a small population of non-americans in the NBA, it is still small, and despite the USA's lackluster performance in the last olympics, they still pimp themselves as the world's best. i hate it.

on the other hand, football is so much more democratic, and the success of 3rd world countries -- particularly former colonies -- in a colonial sport, is itself an achievement, and speaks volumes about the notions of postcolonial thought. the fact that it was created by a colonial power is a fact of history which shouldn't be looked at as being an imperialist imposition on the rest of the world. after all, football doesn't have anything specifically british about it.

but wonderful bits of information i'm learning here. hehe. thanks.
we just happen to be the only colony of the USA and for a while spain. that is why NBA is big here and not soccer. but all over the world, soccer is huge. very huge and very passionate. nagpapatayan pa sila dyan. isnt it ironic that all our asian neighbors that had europeans (brits, french, dutch) as colonizers are all doing relatively better than us? isnt it also sad that former spanish colonies dont also do as good as the rest of the world? malas naman natin. but we shouldnt use this as an excuse.
Viva La France..
how i wish i didn't cheer for France that night. Fotah. Ginawa niya talagang Pinoy Basketball yung game.
You should've asked to take a picture of him. If he asks what for, tell him you collect assholes as a hobby.