Millions of people watch all kinds of sports daily. Wait, make that billions, since this is really one of the most eye-catching types of entertainment globally. Sooner or later, a large part of those viewers become fans and supporters of one or the other sports club. Usually these are the biggest names in the field, since usually those are televised around the world. After all, becoming a fan of a football club in Kazakhstan will be quite the challenge when it comes to watching their games or even hearing about them.
Having that in mind, many will say – these are not true fans, they have nothing in common with the club. This is, of course, exactly right. After all, supporting a team means going to their games, singing the team songs, being part of the community in general. Many clubs, especially football teams, since this is officially the most popular sport in the world, really cherish what could be the reason why prices of player transfers, merchandise, tickets and TV rights are so incredibly high. And why wouldn’t they?At this point all of the largest, most famous clubs across Europe are brilliantly working international companies – bringing millions in debt, paying millions in salaries and registering record high profits, being a subject of competitive odds at betsafe and a vast sportsbooking businesses all over the world.
But this is so far from the roots of any kind of competition, that it almost makes it senseless. Truly, no one can deny, and no one will for that matter, the right of the viewers around the globe to take part in the wins and losses of their favorite team. But let’s be honest – what does Malaysia have in common with the football traditionally. But those fans are cultivated so that they can buy the annual merchandise?
After all sport is about culture, and this culture is live and most vivid where it has sprung from. This is why teams from sports not so internationally popular, holding their games in front of only a few hundred locals and travelling fans, tend to give their best performances in front of them. One can always see more passion, more thrill and more drama at any British rugby game, rather than expecting that from the modern day rock stars of football who are paid millions. This is because the players and coaches are doing all of this for their and their friends’ sakes, not for the money.