G Man 18 Posted February 13, 2019 Share Posted February 13, 2019 I'm 37 years old and I've been watching football for what must be 30 years. I probably started watching more seriously in my young teens. It's a long time to follow/support something without your opinions changing as you grow up. I've noticed myself becoming increasingly irritated when watching a match, and frustrated (it's worse than frustrated but I'm trying to be polite) with players and all the rubbish that comes with them. So I'm now asking myself, 'why do I keep watching?'. And who is the game we call football now aimed at? I'm a Celtic fan but live in England and was lucky enough to have SKY Sports when football first took off there. It was a huge commercial investment and it was probably the start of what we see as football today. But it was great wasn't it. The excitement of Monday night football. Tough football, played well with a smattering of foreign stars adding some panashe. The blend was class, the games were exciting. And now what do we have? We have players and managers who have a win at all costs mentality which means they can justify what they do (or try to do) to a club owner. Is there ever a game that you watch where there's not an incident that makes you mad. Players diving or conning the ref and then watching on to see what's happening while grinning? Big defenders giving it out and the diving when barely touched. Where's the sportsmanship? Dees it not matter? The press on diving has really dropped off. It's almost seen as acceptable. I've been watching PSG over the last few years since their takeover. To me PSG are simply a FIFA team for kids. Youngsters potentially follow players more than they do a team because of the things I mentioned earlier, money, shoes, their celeb friends, Twitter blah blah blah). They're a team full of what ex pros what call 'personalities' with great experience. But they're not very likable are they, Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani, Dani Alves. They're all South Americans and maybe this is where the difference is (I'd like to hear a genuine opinion from a South American on this) but what is your want in a player? What skills and character appeals to you? I'm Scottish so skills come second, but I just want some honesty. If you're honest and you have skills, then that's your hero. Ronaldo (the original), Zidane, Shearer, Raul. Without it, who cares. In the past people would have said, they're poor so they've grown up scrapping for it so the winning is all that matters because they'll support their family if they make it as a footballer. Is that still true? They are a bunch of players who are trying to re-invent the game to suit their own personal gains. And they seem to have the power to do it because so many decisions go in their favour. And you don't hear too many pundits go against them either. Why? Because they want to stay in the game and get paid for as long as possible. Genuine opinions come second to getting paid. I understand that sport changes and commercially I'm sure that football is better now than it ever has been. The players get paid more, the managers get paid well (but can have little influence over players). Large companies make a mint from rights and milking players for everything they've got. What seems to be the case now, maybe with higher class competitions is that winning means everything, and to me that doesn't make it a sport. You started watching football because it was fun and fair. Playing hard but fair and only occasionally crossing those boundaries. Now we have people suggesting that we must 'protect our prized assets'. Why? Football is a collective and if you suggest that players of a higher reputation (based on wage, likes, Instagram/Twitter followers, style) and all that consumer nonsense have more power or influence over others, then it's not a sport . I'd honestly love to hear from people who do still enjoy football and why? Conversely, are you the same as me, you hate it but can't stop watching? A 30 year addiction! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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