Fußball ist Krieg

NEW YORK: Schon wehen die Fahnen, von Holland bis Argentinien und von Kamerun bis Japan. Bald werden die Trommeln schlagen und die Trompeten erschallen. Die Landesfarben werden entrollt, und die Schlachtrufe ertönen. Es ist wieder so weit: Die WM ist da.

Vom verstorbenen Rinus Michels, auch bekannt als der „General“ und Trainer der holländischen Mannschaft, die 1974 im Finale knapp gegen Deutschland verlor, stammt der berühmte Satz: „Fußball ist Krieg.“ Als die Holländer 1988 Rache nahmen und Deutschland schlugen, um anschließend Europameister zu werden, tanzten mehr Menschen auf den Straßen des Landes als an dem Tag, an dem im Mai 1945 der wirkliche Krieg endete.

Bei einer Gelegenheit, im Jahre 1969, führte ein Fußballspiel zwischen Honduras und El Salvador tatsächlich zu einem militärischen Konflikt, der als „Fußballkrieg“ in die Geschichte einging. Zwischen beiden Ländern bestanden schon vorher erhebliche Spannungen. Aber dann wurden Fans der honduranischen Mannschaft angegriffen, und – schlimmer noch – die honduranische Nationalhymne wurde beleidigt und die weißblaue Fahne des Landes besudelt.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in

  1. Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

  2. Trump greets his supporters The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
  3. Agents are bidding on at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

  4.  An inside view of the 'AknRobotics' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

  5. A student shows a combo pictures of three dictators, Austrian born Hitler, Castro and Stalin with Viktor Orban Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

  6. Project Syndicate

    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now