Thursday, November 16, 2006

100% Ing-er-land

In 1984 John Barnes scored this goal for England against Brazil in the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. It is fondly remembered as one of the all-time greatest individual goals by an Englishman:






What few people know now is that on the plane home, John Barnes sat in front of a group of English ‘fans’, who sang songs about how England had only won 1-0, not 2-0, because the goal by a black player didn’t count.

There can be no clearer demonstration of the power of sport to facilitate a complete change in attitudes than the extent to which this fact shocks us now. It was only two decades ago.

Sport is trivial, and also vitally important.

3 comments:

Peter Burnet said...

Very true, and as society becomes more pluralistic (and faith-based education becomes more popular), the case for military conscription becomes stronger for similar reasons, as any Israeli will tell you. But I'm not holding my breath on that one.

M Ali said...

It was a great moment. Second to his rap on World In Motion though.

Brit said...

You've got to hold and give, but do it at the right time,
You can be slow or fast, but you must get to the line...