Futebol pós-nacional?

NOVA IORQUE - alguns dos jornais alemães mais hilariantesculparam a derrota da Alemanha contra a Itália, nas semi-finais do campeonato europeu, ao facto de poucos jogadores se terem preocupado em cantar o hino nacional. Algo que contrastou com os jogadores italianos, visto todos terem cantado a letra de Il Canto degli Italiani [o canto dos italianos]. Na verdade, o capitão, Gigi Buffon, cantou com os olhos fechados, como se estivesse a rezar.

Mas os italianos não tiveram qualquer hipótese na final contra Espanha, a melhor equipa do mundo, a qual nenhum dos seus jogadores abriu a boca durante o hino Espanhol Marcha Real - o que é óbvio, uma vez que a “Marcha Real” não tem letra. E, além disso, os jogadores da Catalunha sentem-se desconfortáveis com o hino nacional, o qual foi bastante promovido sob o governo do falecido ditador Francisco Franco, que odiava o nacionalismo catalão.

Sabemos que no futebol, as equipas mais bem-sucedidas nem sempre são as que têm as grandes estrelas. Os campeões trabalham em equipa - de forma coesa, serenos face ao egoísmo dos protagonistas, cada jogador disposto a trabalhar em prol dos outros. Será o patriotismo realmente a chave para este tipo de espírito nas equipas nacionais, como os críticos alemães da sua própria equipa acreditam?

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