Posts tagged football
Posts tagged football
"…while another woman wears a fiery red Manchester United t-shirt that accents her head scarf"
The most ridiculously ignorant article I have read in awhile.
BECAUSE AFRICANS DO NOT KNOW FOOTBALL. UNLESS IT IS A TRIBAL RITUAL.
What was Yaya Toure saying again?
So, I continue my rant about this horrible article from the Daily Mail.
Truthfully even the HEADER of this piece is infuriating.
Unsurprisingly the Daily Mail continues to offend with their ignorance and misunderstanding of simple things; such as the global phenomenon that is football and what tribal Africans are familiar with.
Granted the pictures are beautiful. Eric Lafforgue’s work is fantastic. Mostly because the men and women featured are beautiful.
The article which accompanies the pictures is absurd.
The piece gravitates between explaining that tribal community members from a region in Ethiopia select kits and jerseys because of the colours and that they have no understanding of anything else.
Football is the world’s game. It the mostly played sport on earth. And adoration of football is no exception.
Football is not only used to unite the people of Ethiopia but also as a tool regarding different positions of socio-economic issues and politics- much like the rest of the world.
Ethiopia is a proud and active member of CAF (Confederation of African Football).
Their supporters are diverse and joyful.
They have recently acquired Portuguese manager, Mariano Barretto, to take the reins and develop the squad and foster new talent from the country’s program.
Like any other footballing nation, this does not mean that Ethiopia has not struggled with development and ability to compete in AFCON. They recently returned to the highest level of African competition after a 31 year drought.
It also does not mean that all Ethiopians do not have an understanding or grasp of the game.
One could argue that tribes in remote corners of Ethiopia might not have as much access to televised matches. A point with which the photographer does not concur as he posted similarly-themed pictures before.
The Daily Mail came across the photographs several years later and perhaps had a slow news day. In which after writing about the lack of comprehension of sport from certain Omo Valley inhabitants, they included bits and pieces about their “tribal” [clearly a word fancied by The Daily Mail] rituals and explains their partnering rituals (involving cows) in deep detail.
What all that has to do with English Premier League jerseys, I am not too sure. The article begins with pictures of Africans smiling wearing English kits with pride and ends with tales of orphaned, abandoned babies who are left to die.
Again, no correlation to the featured pictures but oh well. Any story about Africans must have a mandatory bit about their barbaric practices.
Good things that they were gifted with these kits otherwise WHO KNOWS what they would have worn? Wait, you mean there are century-old traditions of their own dress?
The vacuous article is not only offensive to me, as a person of colour, who resents such pieces by ignorant white journalists Anna Edwards in this particular instance. But offensive to me as a football fanatic and admirer of African football; that has a rich and wonderful traditions and fosters incredible athletes. Perhaps Daily Mail staff might want to do some research about it to clarify any misconceptions and assumptions.
Perhaps, Ms.Edwards and some Daily Mail staff might be keen to travel to tribal villages of Omo Valley and challenge the community members to a nice game of footy…if not some cattle jumping.
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Fantastic story of Sadia Sheikh and her commitment to football and development of young girls in Pakistan.
I was on Edge of Sports radio with Dave Zirin (who happens to be my favourite sports journalist) discussing Brazil, upcoming World Cup 2014 and whether I will be watching the tournament given the protests, displacement of locals, mistreatment of Brazilians, uprising and militarization of the beautiful game. (Starts at minute 13)
She is a football referee. She is of Moroccan decent. And she wears a hijab.
Football is for all of us.
This pic is fabulous. Thanks to thefootyqueen for the reminder.
Football is for all of us.
How relatable is this article?
10 Struggles Every Female Sports Fan Knows: http://thoughtcatalog.com/ella-ceron/2014/01/10-struggles-every-female-sports-fan-knows/
Footy love, nikhak
Fabulous, fabulous post. :)
LOVE THE PHOTO.
A football “Happy”.
Amongst the clouds of dust kicked up from the desert by the hundreds of new arrivals who pitch up every day at the Zaatari refugee camp — just 15 kilometers from the Jordan/Syria border — Abeer Rantisi is planning her next lesson.
"Football. We all speak football." -Abeer Rantisi
Boys play soccer during a break at their school in Kandahar, on October 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
German photographer Anja Neidringhaus was killed in an attack in Afghanistan, just before the Presidential elections to be held tomorrow.
Her work is incredible.
Journalists and Photojournalist who cover conflict areas and unsafe zones, risk their lives to share their information with the world.
And they know firsthand of the vulnerability, non-glamour, chaos and horrors of military invasion and war.
Her pictures have often capture humanity and children in these places.
In places where the Western world is advised that there is danger, terror and no joy.
She brought forth the joy. She captured a lot of it.
These pictures are priceless.
May she rest in peace.