Macedonia: Gender Aspects of the Football World Cup

Dejan Velkovski, aka Vnukot [The Grandson], a Macedonian blogger and writer, expressed dissatisfaction [MKD] with the first three days of the Football World Cup, which he considers some of the least attractive in history.

Vnukot thinks that the use of ‘bunker tactics’ kills the enjoyment of the game, as the coaches “park the whole team bus in front of their goal” and leave offense to chance. He considers Blater's decision on trumpets “the most catastrophic thing that honked football ever since it was allowed for financial criminals to purchase Premier League teams.” As end result, the “fantastic atmosphere” alleged by TV commentators provides less excitement than a chess tournament.

In addition, Vnukot also criticized the media coverage:

The Macedonian media contribute to the aversion of this World Cup. Adhering to stereotypes, they drone till death about how the men would now only watch football, and the women can't do anything, parroting some lists of rules and other vomit-inducing stuff. It's all a great read, for the people who, thanks to some temporal anomaly, got stuck in 1950!

Most of my female friends are bigger football fanatics than me, for instance. They could cut off your hand if you try to lower the volume during a game in which they have an emotional engagement. I wouldn't mention changing the channel, probably your just punishment would be castration. On the other hand, many of my male friends have no interest in football whatsoever. And all this is perfectly normal occurrence at a time when everybody can follow their own interests, not taking into consideration what the neighborhood would say. It's all in the mentality.

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