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Fútbol, el Brexit y nosotros

CAMBRIDGE – De los 24 equipos que calificaron para el campeonato de fútbol UEFA Copa de Europa de este año, solo uno proviene de Alemania. Tres son del Reino Unido: Inglaterra, Gales e Irlanda del Norte. Esto parece un tanto curioso. Después de todo, los alemanes orientales y occidentales se volvieron a unir recién en 1991, y los bávaros se unieron a los prusianos solamente en 1871, mientras que las anexiones/uniones de Irlanda, Gales y Escocia al Reino de Inglaterra se remontan a 1177, 1542 y 1707, respectivamente.

Entonces, ¿por qué los turingios, los sajones y los suabos apoyan al mismo equipo de Alemania, mientras que los ciudadanos del Reino Unido son hinchas de tantos equipos? (Escocia y Gibraltar también tienen los propios). ¿No tendrían ellos un equipo más fuerte si escogieran a los mejores jugadores para que los representaran a todos?

Supuestamente, los ciudadanos británicos comprenden esto, pero prefieren tener sus propios equipos nacionales en lugar de uno más fuerte de todo el Reino Unido – aun cuando ello signifique ser vencidos por la pequeña Islandia –. Después de todo, si solamente fuera cuestión del equipo mejor, igual se podría ser hincha del Barcelona. Para que un equipo nos represente, de algún modo tiene que sernosotros.

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