Did we see goals yesterday? No.
Did we see brilliant passes? Not much.
Did we see dribbling, trick shots, special effects? Not at all.
Was it one of the best matches of this year? Absolutely.
It was football we call 'box to box.’ It was football that, instead of special effects, brings passion, heart, and energy to the table. It’s running with the ball from one side of the pitch to another, it’s playing as it is your last game in life. It’s 0:0 that is so much more interesting than 1:2 Poland versus Slovakia or 1:1 Czech vs. Croatia.
Sometimes fans make fun of England, and Football is coming home slogan. After yesterday’s match between these two great teams, I must say: East or West, home is best.
Football’s coming home. Or is it… soccer’s coming home?
In Europe, most people don’t like the word 'soccer’. Honestly, I’m not a fan of it either. It is what Americans use when they talk about 'our beautiful sport’. But why do we, Europeans, get grumpy when it is called that way? It probably has to do with the popularity of the sport, among other reasons.
To European football fans, there is only one sport you play with your feet. And that’s football.
In the United States, there is another sport which they call Football. American Football. Europeans don’t get it; Players wear strange outfits, and most of the time, they carry the ball instead of shooting it. And the worst thing: Théir football is called 'soccer’. It feels like their sport comes in second now. Not a great feeling.
Saying things like: „I like football, but I do like soccer as well”, only makes it worse.
But where does the word soccer originate from?
It was invented in… Europe.
Modern football was invented in the 19th century in Britain. The more formal name of the sport was Association Football, to prevent confusing it with that other British sport, which was called: Rugby Football. The word soccer was old English slang based on shortening 'Assoc.’
Sorry, fellow Europeans, we invented the word ourselves.
„But our football is played with our feet all the time!” I hear you scream.
True. But I bet you never considered why the game was called football in the first place. Too obvious, right? They called it football because the game was played on foot instead of horseback. So, in that perspective, American Football is just as much a football game as our football is.
But don’t worry, I will continue calling 'our football’ football. But I won’t mind if someone calls it soccer. I’ll try to.
Now I’m going to watch England – Scotland at Wembley, London. Football’s coming home! Right? Well, the Scots know better.
Thomas Jansen is the designer of Eleven: the football manager game. Ignacy Trzewiczek is the developer of the game. They both will share their thoughts about EuroCup 2021 and also talk about the design or development of Eleven. Be with them every day during Euro! If you like football and board games, please, share the news about Eleven!
You can learn more about Eleven HERE!