Monday, June 28, 2010

World Cup - The Passion, the Pride

World Cup - The Passion, the Pride
By Knat Miller

The World Cup is a mammoth event that takes the world over every 4 years, and imparts passion and pride in each of the nations that take part in the event.

This time the 2010 World Cup is taking place in South Africa, the first time an African nation have ever had the honour of presenting the most watched sporting event in the world.

The pride and passion of the nations involved in the World Cup is only enhanced by the fans of each nation as they watch their nations football stars fight to win the cup and the title of world champions.

The 2010 World Cup has seen the meteoric rise of a new expressive form of support, the Vuvuzela, a distinctly sounding African trumpet that nearly every fan at this years tournament has and uses throughout a game to unique effect.

The Vuvuzela has proved so popular in these games that it is blown almost constantly throughout a match, which has even made some domestic viewers complain to their TV providers, asking for its ban. Love or hate the Vuvuzela, we cannot deny that it is a direct reflection of the passion and pride of fans as they watch the 2010 games.

The use of colour and dress has always been a major presence in World Cup's of the past and with such a colourful nation as South Africa hosting it, this presence has only increased, allowing each individual the right, even obligation to express their passion and pride for their nation's greatest in their own distinct way.

This liberation of passion and pride, and nationalism, could be said to promote racism or racist activities, but on the contrary, being proud and passionate about your country and showing the world the great aspects of your country actually brings people of all nations together, the World Cup is a massive showcase for this unity through diversity.

The World Cup is passion, and it is pride, a passion and pride that we can all enjoy and take part in. Enjoy it and have fun, together.

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