And takes the Cup.

Posted by: Dave Douglas on July 12, 2010 @ 6:04 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)

Nice to see such a multi-regional team unify to win the World Cup. These players are very specifically linked to teams in the autonomous regions of Spain, mostly either Barcelona or Real Madrid. Self-identifying Catalan players from Barcelona could be viewed with suspicion, both by their own countrymen (for playing on a national team) and by Nationalists (for not being really Spanish). This was all swept aside, a fact underlined by their coordinated passing game that sometimes seemed to be based on extra-sensory perception.

And I was also happy to read that they celebrated (after meeting with the King) by eating in a Basque restaurant. Probably no vuvuzelas there.

Cheers to them, and also to Holland.


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  2. When looking at Spain and its regions, I – as an outsider – am always a bit bewildered, how much dialectal differences are taken as facts for shaping some nationalism. I’m aware that I’m not politically correct when I speak of “dialectal differences”, as in Spain Castilian, Catalan and Galego count as languages. (It is out of question that Basque is really an independent language, so it has to be excluded from my discussion here.)
    I have experienced how a Spanish-(Castilian-)speaking Columbian could communicate with an Italian. And I have experienced how a Mandarin (Putonghua) speaker in China could not communicate with a Cantonese speaker in Hongkong.
    We have to consider ourselves as being politically incorrect, if we speak of Catalan, Galego or even Spanish/Italian as dialects. At the same time we have to consider ourselves as politically incorrect if we would call Cantonese a language and not a Chinese dialect.
    Many nationalisms are based on the feeling that a certain group of people speak the same language. Yet the borders between languages are not drawn by linguists or by the experience of mutual understandability, but by nationalists themselves. I have no solutions, yet I cannot help being bewildered again and again by these personal impressions that I get especially when comparing Spain and China. (Side note: certainly China has it’s “Basque” people, too: national minorities with languages not related to any Chinese dialect – think of the Uighurians for instance. Yet even in the biggest ethnic group of Han Chinese linguistic variety is very big.)

    Anyway, it’s good to see you optimistic that soccer teams can improve things. I felt the same about the German team: Especially the presence of a great German player of Turkish descent was quite good to see, as Turkish immigrants and their children born in German have become an inseparable part of this society, while some people still might feel difficult to acknowledge this fact.

    Comment by Kai — July 17, 2010 @ 3:19 am

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