The dust of the Olympics hadn’t even settled before comparisons were drawn with this summer’s sport and romantic character and the beautiful game that is football. Much was sounded out about the civil modesty and resonating stories of London 2012’s athletes and how the euphoria of the games could transcend its nobility and humility within the world of football.
Yet on an early afternoon the intentions of the good spirited were inhibited by familiarity as football embraced the culture that has allowed people to ignore the blessings of the sport and partake on behaviour that is all too well known.
In truth, the charity shield event was somewhat entertaining and watchable which is not always pertaining for the traditional curtain raiser. But for whatever hope existed in the lead up to this game, and off the tail of a successful Olympics to clamour for greater rules for civility within the game, Sunday’s match was an all-round showcase of the alien attitude football has in alignment to all other sports.
The pointer would normally be directed to the city fans howling and chanting that echoed of last season’s racism scandal involving John Terry. It was not the actions that are widely reputed as banter that indicated the lack of footballs desire to grow into a form of respectability, no, this flag was waved by the pundits and media that recited and reconciled with the repeated drones of Fernando Torres’ form before crossing the will he/wont he conundrum endorsed so soon ahead of the season’s proper start.
Shortly after the half time whistle and ensuing review of the controversial dismissal of Branislav Ivanovic, ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and Lee Dixon were all too ready to judge Torres’ general play as “poor”, even though Torres, playing as a lone striker converted the solitary opportunity to take Chelsea into a half team lead.
To add to the frustrations of the regurgitated coverage of the Spanish strikers form, the media was spoiled with sources from papers, particularly the guardian, demanding for him to now prove his worth. This mastery of media journalism cornered Chelsea’s number nine by the admissions of Drogba’s departure and his summer’s recruitment push that Torres was now positioned more so than before to bring the club to the forefront of English football.
So there we have it, the same people distinguishing the Olympics success and questioning the gracefulness of football under the shadow of conceit for the 2012 games valiant efforts to uphold true spirit of sporting competitiveness. Yet as soon as the light is cast upon the world of football, the constitution of conduct they try to replicate is crossed out by the same people championing the idea.
It’s not Torres that has a point to prove, but football as a whole. Perhaps someone can take the baton of that concept and run with it.