Friday, June 05, 2015

FIFA, Femdom, Whatever? Nope!

Now that the USA has challenged FIFA, a fight they won for the time being, there are a number of side effects few have considered. Bloomberg columnist Kavitha Dickinson rightly argues in favour for the inclusion of women's football.

Some heralded the US intervention as revenge on the 'beautiful game', an opinion one only can discard as utterly deranged, given the fact the US women's football team ranks second in the world after Germany. A country which incidentally also is the one with the world's most powerful woman as head of state. Of course such a statement only holds true for those who believe in FIFA's executive committee not being a bunch of misogynists, admittedly a hard sell. Then again, we live in interesting times.

woman playing football (soccer) in high heels
Very impressive

Many of us cheer on Serena Williams playing yet another final at Wimbledon, but for some reason women's football is much less popular. Dutch watched several games and as far as excitement and entertainment go, it is just as good as men's football. The real difference is in the fight the ladies put up. While most men at best kinda try to score (too much money does that to you), ladies' football teams go to war! They fight like a mother protecting her offspring from a hungry tiger!! It is one of the reasons to watch the beautiful game. The women turn it into a gorgeous event. Their determination and single focus make it beautiful once more!

Now that FIFA is finally about to face a fundamental change, how about taking women's football more seriously? After all, the beautiful game doesn't depend on its player's sex. The last dinosaur to hold that conviction is the one formerly known as Mr. Walking Dead, aka Sepp Blatter, the guy who left the center stage after just four days into his fifth term.

Football is about thrills and excitement, something it derives not only from the game itself, but from talent, passion, hunger and a never-ending fight for victory. Someone once said:
"If you want to win the ultimate war, build an army of women. They never forgive, nor forget."
About time the sponsors get that too. Unfortunately it is the only way the audience will ever be able to enjoy women' football, the way the sport was meant to be.

So goodbye Sepp and how about a female FIFA CEO? Condoleezza Rice was once considered to be the best choice to usher American Football into a new era, she loves it. Dutch believes with her razor sharp mind and superior background in strategic decision making, Mrs. Rice is the supreme choice to guide FIFA towards a better and happier future, something we root for (Yes, Sepp, you should too!)

Chelsea Club Doctor Eva Carneiro treats Demba Ba for a broken nose  after being kicked in the face against Newcastle
Chelsea Club Doctor Eva Carneiro treats Demba Ba for a broken nose after being kicked in the face against Newcastle (Image Daily Mail)

The average football match sees about one or two goals, so there is no better choice than Mrs. Rice to head FIFA. She understand how the future is not defined by an infinite number of incremental irrelevant changes, destiny is defined by a few pivotal moments. And besides, she is just awesome, which is more than one can say of the many yes-men, who are in charge today, football or otherwise. And yes she is American, but not only do I believe she is able to distinguish between Football and American Football, I honestly believes she'll love the game. It has it all, friendship. love, war, strategy and passion.

For some, it is a hard act to swallow, so look her up. You do not have to agree with her, but you have to agree she has the pedigree and passion to make it work. If you are a Mad Men and you still don't get it: think about how many women buy their husband's razor blades? That's right. Oooops!

Note:
Dutch doesn't believe in the superiority of anyone over anyone else, whether it is women over men or any other ghastly lesson history has (failed to) taught us. He simply believes those with the best qualifications to manage or lead - rather than the ones best connected - should get the job. That means ignoring sex, race, education or whatever else the privileged few use to hold their competition down, which by itself is all the proof one needs to vote for change.

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