soccer_football in Egypt

In the spirit of Oxford debate, thanks for the opportunity to encounter the political apotheosis of soccer from a European point of view arising from the glories of the 100 Years War,

The above article notesL
“As Egyptian opposition forces jockey for position in Mubarak’s heyday, the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s main opposition force, is certin to emerge as a key player.

The Brotherhood already has exerted its influence over the team. Players pray before games for God’s intervention and offer up prayers of thanks for goals and victories. To join the team, players must pass a religious litmus test; “pious behavior” alongside soccer skills is a primary criterion for making the team. “Without it, we will never select any player regardless of his potential,” says coach Hassan Sheheta, who dumped a talented player for visiting a nightclub rather than a mosque. “I always strive to make sure that those who wear the Egypt jersey are on good terms with God.”

Though critical of tricky US wishy washy tightrope walking efforts to preserve support for Arab Israeli peace stemming from Carter days, does not this “pitch” support Fox News side advocacy of fear of a fundamentalist take over spearheaded by the anti-US faction that educated AlQueda’s 2nd in command? …

What are we in the less soccer infatuated zones to make of the apotheosis of soccer hooliganism as weather vane of war in showing and reinforcing such atavistic fault lines as the Bedouin-Jordanian rift?

The recent rock-throwing attacks on the Algerian team in their bus on the way to a match suggests what about the role of “football” in North African tribal rivalries that surely must be transcended to approach a viable North African civilization in the 21st century?

Rather than bringing the glories of fundamentalism to football, let us pray the circles of Christians around praying Muslims, and the protection by Muslims of Christians saying Mass for the dead protesters in Tahrir Square set the stage for the future…

Amen, secularly.

The full article, from on Facebook:

Talking about a Revolution – Football’s role in Egypt protests
3 Feb, 2011 guest Africa, Internationals, Latest, Politics & Society

James M. Dorsey is a new contributor to Just Football, specialising in football in the Middle East. He can be found over at his excellent blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.

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