Jul 9, 2014

I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that's why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

As events in Brazil draw to their close and the departure of most of the teams involved removes what personal stake people feel about it, I now feel able to give vent to the white-hot rage that has been dammed up inside me for so long.

I despise the World Cup. Not dislike it. Not hate it. But viscerally loathe it.

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77 thoughts on “I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

  1. Margaret Morgan

    And you know what else? Tennis. Why can’t the players kick that little yellow ball. Absurd.

  2. Patrick

    Bernard, is Salman Rushdie wanting to retire?

  3. CML

    Not a good analogy, Margaret. At least tennis players run on their legs and use their hands/arms to hold a racket and hit the ball!
    Tennis is far more entertaining to watch than soccer, where in the latter nothing much seems to happen in most games. I have often wondered if that last point is the reason for all the violence between competing soccer fan hordes.
    Whatever the reason, it is not acceptable.

  4. Courtney Carthy

    Equal rights for limbs in sports!!!

    UFC can really wave the flag for this one…

  5. Burnsy

    “a huge sporting evolutionary leap for humankind” surely a step backwards to play Football with your hands.

  6. Graeski

    I’m pretty much over all televised sport. I can’t stand ads; can’t stand the commentators.

    I much prefer to go to the gym for an hour or so then come home and read a good book or listen to music or play a computer game or talk to friends and family – or maybe work out in the garden for a while and grow some vegies: all of which activities are much more personally rewarding and engaging.

  7. sottile6

    Is this an attempt to reduce your audience? That will be the effect. There is nothing to say about FIFA because it sucks like every other sporting organisation in existence but the comments about the sport are too childish to engage with. Football fans have been listening to that crap all their lives and we just don’t care what you think any more.

  8. Alex

    With ya, Bernard! I loathe the sport and loathe FIFA even more. Corrupt, with excessively remunerated management, and to top it off, I believe it’s tax exempt!

    For a great expose, please refer to John Oliver’s report from his new show, Last Week Tonight. The clip is available on YouTube. Being a Pom, JO’s, a great fan of the game, but don’t hold it against him, and it didn’t seem to compromise his reporting.

  9. LesMallett

    Anything that is more likely to end in a draw than a real outcome isn’t a sport, its naughts and crosses. Soccer falls nicely into this category. Its boring as bat shit. The movie Troll 2 is more entertaining and has better acting.

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