Name:
Location: United Kingdom

A Naija Guy living (and loving) in the UK.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Spirituality and Soccer

In the 1999 European Cup final featuring Manchester United Vs Bayern Munich in Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium, Man Utd chaplain Rev John Boyers prayed to God for a miracle so his team could win. Anyone who has been watching the World Cup over the last couple of weeks will also be familiar with the joint squad prayers before games, the hands clenched and the look towards the heavens when shots are saved or go wayward and players who cross themselves before taking penalties.

Other avid watchers of the game will remember the stunned silence from German television commentators after the Brazilians knelt down together in a circle and prayed after winning the Confederations Cup. Fellow Nigerians will remember 'Brother' Taribo leading the Eagles in prayer before games in the 1998 World Cup. It has become a recognisable part of the sport with South American and African countries being particularly involved in collective prayer before and after games. Other football players have regularly attributed their success to prayer, while some when interviewed have admitted to praying before important matches.

In our everyday lives we pray to seek divine intervention in our human endeavour be it seeking good health, wealth, success in exams, improvement in the circumstances of an individual, group, country etc. In the majority of cases these interventions are for the advancement of an individual or group and not at the expense of another. The issue of prayer in Football is one that baffles me as if both teams are praying to the same God then surely one side will end up saying their prayers were not answered?. Isn't this selfish? I guess it would be okay if the prayers are seeking that the individuals involved perform to the best of their potential but when it comes to sport most of us believe its the success that counts and thus pray for the win.

The issue of prayer in sports was such a significant one that it was refered to the United States Supreme Court a few years ago where the Justices had to decide whether public school students should be allowed to lead prayers over the public-address system before football games.

UK residents will also be familiar with the antics of its tabloid newspapers regularly asking the nation to pray for intervention in the many football games or for the quick healing of someones metatarsal. In Mexico, Churches are leading their parishes to pray for the success of its team in the World Cup. Are we right to pray for success in football games? Surely God has more important issues to deal with.

Anyway I've blogged enough for one day, I'm off to bed now but must remember to pray for Ghana to beat USA on Thursday first though.

11 Comments:

Anonymous aihammed delot said...

If those boys are huddling round asking God to let them triumph over their opposition then they're a bunch of muppets. Its inexcusable. I think its acceptable for you to ask God not to let any harm come to any of the players such as severe injuries or death (Vivien-Foe R.I.P)but if you're there reciting the rosary just so you can score more goals then you're in for a Nigeria vs Denmark (France 98) type rude awakening. Did God favour the Danes? Did Laudrup send the Danish dressing room rocking with a heavy holy ghost summoning pre-game sermon - which was a much more worthy prayer than baba Taribo's 2 minute pitch plea? I think not.
When this same question wa put to Sir Alex Ferguson, he said something along the lines of: There are mass murders, natural disasters and loads of other terrible tragedies on the world - how iimportant is foobtall hen you put these other things in context. I would arge with the dude...but that wouldnt be humane.

11:02 am, June 21, 2006  
Blogger Tutsy said...

I wish all u soccer fans well...too bad i have never been a fan of the game, else i should be getting all hyped like y'all are.

3:50 am, June 22, 2006  
Anonymous TRAE said...

Anyone I've blogged enough for one day, I'm off to bed now but must remember to
pray for Ghana to beat USA on Thursday first though.


haha, liked the way you ended it, i kinda guessed you'd finish up like this. let's pray for both a Ghana and Tunisia win. big ups to CIV for going out in a blaze of glory.

10:44 am, June 22, 2006  
Blogger Morountodun said...

Go Ghana, Go!

5:24 pm, June 22, 2006  
Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

you prayers were answered. team usa were obviously praying to the wrong god.

black people love to pray to much.

11:25 am, June 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding your blog about arsenal wallpaper. The best site for arsenal wallpaper is **http://www.freepremiership.com**. http://www.freepremiership.com is the top free osccer website in the world and features the latest Premiership club news, fixtures, scores, scorers, radio streams, tv streams and lots more football links.

2:11 am, February 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for information and found it at this great site... Download symantec recovery disk 2005 ge dryer blowjob party pool hosting provider http://www.spam-blocker-82.info printers Kodak photo inkjet cartridge Nu skin vitamins Free clips of milfs

10:29 am, April 26, 2007  
Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors handbags, cheap jordans, prada handbags, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, uggs on sale, ray ban sunglasses, burberry outlet, tiffany jewelry, uggs on sale, kate spade, gucci handbags, ray ban sunglasses, prada outlet, longchamp outlet, louboutin uk, burberry factory outlet, tory burch outlet, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin, louboutin shoes, oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, chanel handbags, michael kors outlet store, louis vuitton outlet, nike outlet, ralph lauren polo, louis vuitton, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, longchamp bags, replica watches, ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet online, nike free, michael kors

2:09 am, October 21, 2015  
Blogger oakleyses said...

burberry pas cher, lunette oakley pas cher, coach outlet, kate spade outlet, true religion jeans, converse, coach outlet, longchamp soldes, north face uk, michael kors, louboutin pas cher, new balance, lululemon outlet, coach purses, nike air max, hermes pas cher, nike tn pas cher, vans pas cher, coach outlet store online, mulberry uk, lunette ray ban pas cher, nike air max uk, sac guess pas cher, nike air force, nike roshe run pas cher, longchamp pas cher, north face pas cher, nike air max pas cher, ray ban uk, true religion outlet, abercrombie and fitch, polo lacoste pas cher, true religion outlet, michael kors, jordan pas cher, nike free, polo ralph lauren uk, vanessa bruno pas cher, true religion outlet, hogan sito ufficiale, ralph lauren pas cher, michael kors outlet online, nike free pas cher, nike roshe uk, abercrombie and fitch UK, nike blazer pas cher, hollister uk

2:11 am, October 21, 2015  
Blogger oakleyses said...

converse shoes outlet, salvatore ferragamo, timberland boots, softball bats, herve leger, ray ban, hollister, louboutin, gucci, nike roshe run, iphone cases, beats by dre, mcm handbags, oakley, p90x workout, insanity workout, wedding dresses, abercrombie and fitch, abercrombie, nike air max, mac cosmetics, babyliss pro, valentino shoes, bottega veneta, mont blanc, converse, jimmy choo outlet, hollister clothing, nike air max, north face outlet, new balance shoes, north face outlet, instyler ionic styler, soccer shoes, lululemon outlet, asics running shoes, ghd hair, giuseppe zanotti, soccer jerseys, nfl jerseys, longchamp uk, reebok outlet, nike air huarache, chi flat iron, hermes handbags, vans outlet, polo ralph lauren, celine handbags, nike trainers uk, vans scarpe

2:13 am, October 21, 2015  
Blogger oakleyses said...

toms shoes, supra shoes, montre pas cher, ugg uk, juicy couture outlet, moncler, lancel, michael kors outlet online, ugg pas cher, michael kors handbags, barbour, doke & gabbana, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, louis vuitton uk, canada goose jackets, pandora charms, moncler, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, links of london uk, moncler jackets, hollister, juicy couture outlet, canada goose outlet, swarovski uk, pandora jewelry, canada goose pas cher, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs, moncler pas cher, thomas sabo uk, swarovski jewelry, karen millen uk, louis vuitton, moncler, moncler uk, sac louis vuitton, canada goose, moncler outlet, louis vuitton, canada goose, wedding dresses uk, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose uk, sac louis vuitton, moncler, replica watches, barbour jackets uk, bottes ugg pas cher, canada goose jackets

2:14 am, October 21, 2015  

Post a Comment

<< Home