Spain, the World Cup, and Culture

The Euro isn’t the only circular object Spain can’t seem to get a handle on recently.  After Switzerland’s Gelson Fernandes snuck one past Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas in a rare show of Swiss aggression in today’s game, it became time to add “soccer ball” to the list tvnow videos downloaden.

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That goal, scored in the 52nd minute of the Spain vs. Switzerland match, may have cast an inescapable shadow over Spain’s World Cup prospects herunterladen.  Sports statistics and predictions often fail to account for the intangible but important concepts of momentum and mindset; the Furia Roja can’t afford to take wins over their next opponents Honduras and Chile for granted destiny kostenlosen.  Will this change in expectations actually change anything?

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In an event that transcends (or accentuates, depending on your level of cynicism/rabid football fan-ness) national divides, what role if any does culture play in a given match’s outcome codex downloaden?  On whether or not a team will rise to a challenge with renewed zeal or succumb to the depression of an unexpected loss?  Much like the Olympics (except more people watch it) the World Cup plays itself out on a global stage telekom festnetz rechnung herunterladen.  This means that the results mean more than personal glory, but honor and shame on a national level.  For some citizens, pressure comes from the desire to honor their country outlook for mac.  For others, that pressure may have more to do with their not-so-understanding government’s reception of them upon their return home.  Italians are famous for their enjoyment of “la dolce vita” whereas life for the average North Korean is something notably more austere: does what occurs on the field reflect what occurs in the daily lives of the individuals that do battle there herunterladen?  Chew it over.  Put it in your vuvuzela and smoke it.

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I, for one, will be watching Spain closely against Honduras and Chile in an attempt to do some research on this question series from ard mediathek.  I will also recommend this Howcast video for anyone, like myself, who has seen Green Street Hooligans or has a healthy fear of the types of people who are really really really into the game herunterladen.

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