terça-feira, 20 de julho de 2010
BBC Blog Network "What will be the legacy of World Cup 2010?" - On balance it should be a good one.Read on:
Besides the additional infrastructure South Africa has acquired from transportation to sporting venues the main legacy is one of CAN-DO nation.
South Africa put Africa on the world map as a country that may efficiently organize major events and bring them to successful finish.
The world at large has also had an opportunity to learn about Africa's regional power, its weaknesses as well as its strengths.
Above all, every community inhabiting the land has had a chance to tune in to the reality of the new South Africa.
An ongoing massive project underway still far from completion but which has now received further impetus.
I have followed the World Cup as much as Portuguese television would allow it through the matches aired.
Enough of them to afford a pretty decent view of the entire tournament.
Performances ranged wildly from the dismal to the superb.
From the absurdities of the mundane to the excellence of the focused on football for football's sake.
It is therefore no coincidence that the final should kick off in three hours time pitching Spain against The Netherlands.
Arguably two among the best teams in the event.
Football is not, never was, never will be about the size of nations - it is about 11+11 players doing their best on the field, during full 90 minutes of them!
A number of smaller countries outdid bigger ones by a long shot.
All down to quality team football and luck as required of every sporting event too.
FIFA does need to review some of the game's rules and allow use of existing technological tools to aid fairness at implementation.
This is the main shake-up I would envisage in support of sporting justice to all inside and outside the pitch.