The People’s Game: Salman Rushdie’s Notes

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1. WE ARE THE WORLD

In 1994, when the soccer World Cup was about to be played across the length and breadth of a largely indifferent America, perhaps the main concern of those few U.S. citizens who knew it was happening was that the alien phenomenon of soccer hooliganism might be about to arrive in the States. Fortunately the England team failed to make the finals, and so the feared English hooligans stayed home. Fortunately for the hooligans, I suspect, for, as I heard an American comedian explaining on British television, the World Cup matches were to be played in some of the toughest neighborhoods of some of the toughest cities in the world. “I tell you what,” he suggested. “Why don’t you bring your hooligans, and we’ll bring ours.”

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Son Heung-min Sang Idol Sepak Bola

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Son Heung-min menceritakannya, saat dia berusia 10 tahun dan bertengkar dengan kakak laki-lakinya, Heung-yun. Kemudian terjadi sesuatu yang bakal terus membekas dengannya.

Ayah dari sang pemain garda depan Tottenham itu, Son Woong-jung, adalah mantan pemain sepak bola profesional di Korea Selatan, dan ia mulai melatih putra-putranya, menjadikan itu sebagai misinya untuk membimbing mereka ke puncak, menghindari jebakan yang pernah ia hadapi. Pada saat itu,  ia melihat warna merah dan, meminjam kata yang digunakan Son, memutuskan untuk memaksakan diri pada sebuah pengorbanan.

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