Football is a joy and pain, zero sum ball game. The level of joy we feel in our goals and victories is accurately reflected in the pain of others. This pain is, in a sense, at the heart of football fandom. Without despair, there can be no joy.
I remember Colin Moynihan, who served as sports minister for the last few years of Thatcher’s administration, said something meaningful, but suspicious about football. When their team won, their supporters became more productive, so it was in line with the game that it was good for the economy. Didn’t they have a spud at the time? Certainly someone should have explained that the opposite also applies to the productivity of the losing supporters. If he was an enthusiastic fan of the club, he would have known this to be true.
The value of tournament football that we are in the midst of is that sunny fans can experience the bitter taste of pain that many of us experience every week, for at least nine months. Every year. Embarrassing and unreliable, I really enjoy seeing these people suffering.
I’m talking about a kind of “fan” who tells you that he doesn’t have a particular club but enjoys football so much that he really gets hooked on it when their country is playing. Often I have seen my national teams England and Croatia with this kind of example. I really feel to them when it all goes wrong. Because they are not accustomed to this terrible feeling, it is clear that they do not have the psychological tools to deal with it. But it’s still dark and fun to see them taste it.
At least I hope they never tell me, or someone else in times of such pain, that we should never be together because it’s just a game.
What is one of the pleasures of Euro 2020?Watch casual football fans suffer | Adrian Childs
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