One of the most impressive things for me about the world cup was the crowd; people were gathering from all over the world to support their teams and if they were not expected to win the cup but somehow they have an identity. The ones who couldn’t go to Brazil were gathering every night in public areas and cheer for their team enthusiastically because they love their country and support it all the way long.
Meanwhile in the Arab countries, a Qatari citizen who owns Al-Jazeerah Broadcasting Company has changed its name into beIN Sports and blocked every sports TV channel. The company coded the new receivers, blocked every online streaming websites and paid enormous amounts of money to be the only official channel in the world/middle east to show the world cup. The new receiver set was priced of 380 US dollars which is obviously a rip-off because in Arab countries, above 70% of families live on way less than this amount of money for a whole month.
Nonetheless, many if not most of us got the receivers and the matches began. Jordan became like a small Brazilian city; everyone got their favorite team shirts and flags, cafes and restaurants would be full by the time the match begins. We forgot about Ramadan and were busy letting such a crock take advantage of us and get even richer. By the final match, Jordanian were half German and half Argentina, everyone was defending their (yes, they say it was their) team and insulting the other one.
Up to some extent, we can say it was acceptable because it’s a sport at the end of the day but troubles were yet to follow. Celebrations, festivals, music and fireworks took place all over the city of Amman, people raised the German flag and were happy as if it was our national team. Many people shared posts and pictures of Germany and congratulated each other of this great triumph.
Even worse, they started quoting Gotease the player who scored in the final match and made a hero out of him, it was the final straw! Somebody tell me why would anybody quote this player? He’s not even as famous as other players in the team! Did he make history with this goal? Is he really the one we want to follow out of this slavery and ignorance we live in?
Germany is so busy developing new technologies and improving their country, but what about us? Oh, we’re busy giving them rounds of applause and praising their civilization.
Arabs apparently confuse interests and education with identity. Identity is to be you who you were created to be and make your own destiny and worth, not follow others’ successes and pretend it’s yours. Germany has won the cup and added one more title to its full of achievements history while we’re still where we used to be, maybe one step backward.