Football is a celebration for all, well in the best of worlds

As the European community endures the aftermath of Brexit, it celebrates in tandem it’s beloved sport, football.
Oh the paradox! The Euro Championship is first and foremost a celebration, a symbol of nations united and federated people, however this edition has revealed certain flaws within this union, and you will not have to go far to find the cause.

Tensions are high

The brawls started at Marseille’s Vieux Port and on the outskirts of the velodrome between the Brits and the Russians represent a characteristic example. Indeed, the ultra-supportive crowd, the rejuvenated hooligans; eternal instigators of trouble. A bunch of fools, always in quest of ideological pretexts to justify these confrontations. Furthermore, the current climate inside greater Europe is a godsend for those who wish to sow chaos. Europe is currently navigating through troubled waters, economically, politically and above all socially. Not to mention the latent threat of terrorism looming over our heads. These factors all contribute to this strange atmosphere felt by many as summer 2016 begins.

In the end, football triumphs

Despite everything going on, the sport has reasserted itself, conjuring up some sort of magic that has allowed a somewhat disillusioned population to forget their daily hardships unified by this tournament. How many other events hold that power to congregate and reignite our patriotic fervour?

Is there no greater image than that of the Icelandic crowds united as one behind their players, themselves defending body and soul the colours of their proud country?

And what of those Irish supporters serenading chants of virtue to the French police?

A breath of fresh air

In the aftermath of Iceland’s valiant victory over England, what a breath of fresh air to see Wales as its tightly-knit team triumph over Belgium, who boast a number of individual talents. Is this not the beauty of the sport? The globalisation of football has shifted the equilibrium, there is no longer such a thing as a small team. The greater nations will need to adapt to this evolution and find new ways to remain at the top of their game. Somewhat reminiscent of our the current economic situation, is it not?

A Euro Championship in Luxembourg

As the end is nigh, the time has come to cast the die. Here at Koosmik, we remain torn. What of Luxembourg, a chief symbol of multi-culturalism. Indeed, although the Grand Duchy has not yet had the opportunity to see it’s national flag as part of a big championship, the population’s enthusiasm is none the weaker however divided they may be by the teams they support. In addition to the large influx of people from its bordering countries including, France, Germany and Belgium, Luxembourg also boasts a large Portuguese and Italian community. All other European nations are represented within smaller communities. Adding a certain folklore to these furious derbies, as should be the case for the duel between France and Germany.

Out of the four semi-finalists, only a victory for wales may refrain the unrelenting honking in the streets of the capital, due to a lack of supporters.  For sure, those hoping for an early night will be routing for a British victory.

So now for the forecast? We already got it wrong once (view article) But we will take our chances again, here at Koosmik we have decided to bet on those Gallic underdogs. Look at the odds!

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Matthieu Crance

Matthieu Crance

Matthieu has gained significant experience in start-up entrepreneurship, business & strategy innovation. At Koosmik, he is the overseer of operations and resident philosopher.

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