Ok so, as my last post talked about, this weekend I played one league match and one European match. The Topic of this post relates to something that was stirred in me at the European match that really struck me.
By the way if you are coming here looking for the results of these matches (as mentioned in the last post) then we won the league match 9-5… a nice, important win! However against a strong French side we lost the European intercup match 4-1.
But that is not the point of this post. No! The point of this post focuses around the player introductions and national anthem playing just before the match begun. I am a proud sportsman, and a proud Englishman (British for the olympics), and I will go on record saying that there is nothing wrong, infact there is something beautiful about a unifying, national sporting pride! This is summed up no better than the playing of the national anthem. You have seen it at countless international football, rugby, olympic competitions with a completely unnatural amount of respect shown by opposing fans (staying quiet) and home (in relation to the anthem… away teams also naturally do this with their own anthem) singing heartily along showing their national allegiance in a non-threatening way!
Every time in these big occasions… even as a fan… even in fact as a fan, watching on tv…. the British/English national anthem gives me goosebumps. Maybe it is the fact that representing your country is, in my mind, the pinnacle of sporting achievement. Maybe it is the sheer occasion of knowing that, even though they may not even know it is happening, subconsciously the whole nation is behind you.
However this weekend I stood, part of a German team, in a small hall with less than 100 spectators, respecting the French (away team) national anthem, then listening to <MY> teams national anthem… the German national anthem… I have never really listened to it before, it was not MY nationalitys anthem however that overwhelming wave (and it does come as a wave) of pride/acknowledgement came over me… every hair was standing on end. Nobody was singing along (at risk of embarassing themselves with their voice no doubt) but it was listened to respectfully and that… it appears, is all I need to get the juices flowing.
The buzz of a national anthem is incredible and one of the best feelings that you will ever have your life (even if its not the one you have dreamt of representing)… at least that is my opinion… feel free to jump in with the comments section and share your experiences/feelings on this… I realise some may find national anthems to be divisive and non-inclusive so I welcome that sort of debate too! I will reply as often as my time allows me…
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