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12 August 2010

The soccer circus

Never mind the World Cup, give that player an Oscar.

Even though not generally a soccer fan, I've enjoyed watching all of the SWC matches. To the uninitiated, soccer can seem like a lot of going nowhere with the occasional split-second of action, but just watch long enough and the desperate attacks, dogged defense and strategy become obvious.

At this level of competition, where it all comes down to a handful of games, the politics and theatrics of football come clearly into play.  And I've seen such hamming-it-up, better than the corniest soap-opera, being played out on the soccer pitch.

Referees have only moments to judge what is happening on a constantly-moving canvas – to this end, as the game wears on and scoring possibilities shrink, players resort to the kind of antics one usually only sees in B-grade professional wrestling. 

 
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