The musings of a Mancunian sport loving Muslimah

Asian Footballers, a generation to come.

I don’t consider this to be the million dollar question, however having recently joined Twitter, I have realised more than I ever thought, the number of Asian Muslims who enjoy watching football.  I say Asian Muslims, because being one myself, I find this area the easiest one to talk about.

I would just like to pre-warn, that all of this is based on experiences, a lot of it won’t be politically correct but it is what I have found as I was growing up.  Some maybe generalisations, for which I apologise.

Ask a male white child what/who they want to be when they grow older, “Wayne Rooney”, “Steven Gerrard”, “Lionel Messi” and similar names will roll of their tongues.

Ask a male Asian Muslim child what they want to be, “Doctor”, “Accountant”, “Engineer” and similar occupations will roll of their tongues.

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The New Young United Side – The Possibilities

Ever since the pre-season games, the influx of youth, the rise of the reserves and youth teams and the scintillating start to the season, comparisons are already being drawn to the 1992 youth and questions being asked as to just how good this United side can be.
Drawing up a like for like comparison with each player from both generations could well be easy, however I don’t believe that’s the way to compare. The one thing that stands out is the mentality of the two sides, the team ethic and above all the desire and self belief they have. Both teams constantly live the United mantra of ‘attack, attack, attack’. Previously we were crucified for our over reliance on Ronaldo and Rooney, for not having a consistent midfield and for supposedly flukey wins and Championship trophies as our football didn’t match the tiki-taka Barcelona style.
The one thing I love about both United sides is that we have our own style, every single player seems to be ingrained with a belief of playing together as a squad, fighting for one another and above all, playing for the shirt and the fans. We just never give up.

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In response to Baroness Flather

In light of the recent comments by Baroness Flather, which I was pretty concerned and frustrated by, I felt the best way to release the anger was to blog about it.

Flather, a member of the Conservative party and who sits in the House of Lords, is part of an elite group of Asian women who have had this honour.  The highlights of the beginning parts of her career was her entrance into the House of Lords wearing a Sari.  According to Wikipedia she has also been Asian Who’s Who Asian of the Year 1996. In addition she has also served senior posts in various organisations involved in refugee, community, race relations and prison work.

Her comments for me brought up several issues.  For those who are not sure as to her comments, her main claims were that:

  • Pakistani and Bangladeshi families have large families in order to claim benefits and council houses
  • Pakistani and Bangladeshi families do not encourage their children into education , therefore I would assume she believes the ‘circle’ would continue
  • Pakistani and Bangladeshi families have not become a part of British culture in the same that Indian and Jewish immigrants have, the comparison based on the basis that all four sections of the community arrived to Britain at the same time.

A letter by Baroness Flather in, surprise surprise, the Daily Mail.

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It’s not about the money, money, money….

Football and Money

Does money make football go round?

Football isn’t the same anymore.  Football fans are fickle.  Armchair fans who don’t attend games and know very little.  Footballers aren’t the same anymore.  There is no loyalty.  There is no allegiance and they are just money grabbing mercenary happy to sit on the bench.

We’ve all heard these eloquent quotes from footballing connoisseurs.  Now, we are seeing what they mean by the argument regarding lack of player loyalty.  In the good old days, when a player kissed a badge he meant it.  When he signed a contract, it meant something, it meant more than finances because it was something they truly wanted.

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Appreciating players from the opposition.

So, we welcome another footballing season. And undoubtedly a lot of the same points, arguments and cases will be made across the land and on the interwebs, not least via various social media networks and blogs/forums.

As football fans, we are sometimes unwittingly and subconciously told who we can and cannot like.  Players often become the flavoured ‘Villain of the Week’, and anyone who dares to disagree with the general consensus is seen as somewhat as an outcast.

The same it seems applies to those fans who appreciate a player from the opposition.  Why is this seen as such a bad thing?  Surely, we are first and foremost football fans and we can put aside our allegiance in appreciation for a wonderful footballer who has peformed outstandingly in what may have been difficult circumstances for his team otherwise.

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