Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mixing Footie and Politics (6)

Jose Mourinho as revolutionary leftie?

I always pegged Mourinho as being from the same political managerial school as Scolari and Capello but, after watching this Adidas commercial for the thousandth time during the Euro Championship coverage on ESPN, now I'm not sure.

Have a quick read of the transcript of Mourinho's words from the commercial (that I lovingly transcribed below) and try and tell me that the bloke is a not so secret Marxist-Shanklyite:

"Football is a special sport because it is co-operation between eleven for one target . . . and of course we learn solidarity, friendship, co-operation, support.

Don't try to be the new Kaka or the new Messi because you cannot be, cannot be the new. You must be yourself.

Kids in love with the game dream to be a top player,but I think it is much more important to be a top man."

Throw in the 'Impossible is Nothing' slogan at the end of the commercial, and it now transpires that the real reason that Mourinho has gone to Milan has less to do with managing Internazionale and more to do with the opportunity it affords him to attend Partito Comunista Internazionale fraction meetings.

'Two copies of this month's Socialist Standard, Darren. I want to pass on the extra copy to Carlo Ancelotti. I think he'd be interested in the Football: a capital idea article.'

2 comments:

Kara said...

You had me until he said "top man." I hate all that "be a man" patriarchal bullshit.

Darren said...

That's left communists, for you.