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No more single team influence in world football as smaller teams grow strong

Dr. Syed Anwar Hussain

Dr. Syed Anwar Hussain, Supernumerary Professor of History, DU : I played football in my childhood, which is why I always have had a fascination towards the sport. Football is an art, but it is a lost art. Nowadays, football is no longer a sport; it is now a mad rush! The quality of the sport at international level has deteriorated significantly. This causes great concern and distress in me.
For obvious reasons, the FIFA World Cup captivates the entire globe. But is the world able to witness football of ideal measure? Perhaps not. I feel that football has lost the art of the foot and the performance of the ball. Nowadays, only those who possess peak physical strength and stamina get to play in the stadium. I think that football has become somewhat savage. World football is no longer a part of civilization.
Personally, I am not a fan of any particular team. In this respect, I follow the attitude of the footballers instead. There will always be winners and losers. So I will observe which team is performing well; in which case, none of the teams participating in the tournament are. Several incidents have occurred in this year’s World Cup, but this has a positive side – the top teams are not underestimating the underdogs anymore.
The underdogs have pushed big teams like Argentina, Brazil and Germany to their limits. It seems that in this World Cup, the underdogs have become very capable. However, I’m not saying that these teams are setting the new standard of the art of football, not at all. But this has a democratic aspect – after watching FIFA World Cup 2018, it seems that no single team can influence football anymore and this is a positive sign.
Based on an interview by Ashiq Rahman, translated by Abrar Hussain

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