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?