Brazil

As I took the bus home from class the other day, I read an Al Jazeera story about the introduction of goal-line technology in the 2014 Wold Cup in Brazil. I must have looked rather pensive, because the guy sitting next to me asked me what I was reading. He and I spent the rest of the bus ride discussing the pros (not subject to weather conditions, can be more accurate than human readings–we all know that Frank Lampard disallowed goal was a goal) and cons (not always reliable, expensive, undermines the authority of the referee, ruins the purity of the game, etc.) of goal-line technology and what it could mean for the World Cup, but by the time I got home I still hadn’t decided whether I was for or against it. That night I read similar stories on the same subject from news outlets all over the world: The Guardian, the CBC, Deutsche Welle, USA Today, ESPN, The Tripoli Post, DNA India. Most of these articles had a plethora of likes or comments written on them. My Twitter feed was consumed by people talking about this development or posting links to articles and analysis of the new rule. Even after reading all this, I still went to bed undecided about my own feelings towards goal-line technology. The next morning I woke up and (with goal-line technology still on my mind) went about my day. As I looked through my Twitter feed that afternoon I saw a tweet from one of my favorite Egyptian bloggers about the new technology. At that moment I realized my personal feelings about it were irrelevant. What was important was that the world was participating in an international dialogue about something people are passionate about. Something that unites us all: football. This was important to people in every country in the world. Regardless of any personal, social, political or economic turmoil, everyone still loves football. And next summer, all eyes turn to Brazil for the World Cup. For four weeks, the whole world will be united while it watches the 64 matches play out on the world’s biggest stage. I believe that football, more that anything else, unites us as human beings. It crosses all the barriers we have set up between us and unites us as a world community for a short time. And even though this unity will dissolve after the final match, while it lasts, it is beautiful.

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