Football brings out the two worst elements of contemporary human society: aggression and racism

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Football – a men’s sport and likely the most prominent sport worldwide. Millions of people all over the world were filled up with enthusiasm and excitement when the World Cup took place in Germany and the youngest of our society wanted to become a football star themselves. They want to be like their idols but is football an ideal sport? Do not now and then appear nasty news about violence and racism in stadiums?As mentioned in the introduction football is a men’s sport and we all know that men are particularly ambitious when there is a lot to win or to loose. Football is not only a sport of winning or loosing a game or a championship. It is about honour, reputation and money – a lot of money. Here, we are talking about millions. So loosing is not just losing, it is about ones identity, dignity and future. A good and successful football player can play everywhere if you can pay his price and a club that invests a lot of money in his players has great expectations and the players are under a lot of pressure to make the investment worthwhile.

This kind of pressures mostly discharges itself during a game especially when this game is an important one, one that can decide a championship or a derby match. Therefore, all a player needs is one incident to loose his patience. Sometimes even a small incident like a word, a sentence or a slight push can bear a strong reaction like the one of Zinedine Zidane after the Italian player said something to him and he answered with a push of his head against his breast. There is a lot like this happening in football but it is no longer that frightening its becoming part of the business.