FIFA Must Have Been On The Good Chinese Opium
Posted by Mike on May 15, 2007
In 2007, China is going to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup. How China handles the event could be a barometer of how well they will hold the 2008 Olympics. Early signs point to that this isn’t going to end well, as both FIFA and China have made a huge political mistake.
The United States fields the most prominent team in the world of women’s soccer. It is absolutely no surprise that they have qualified, and the Americans are certainly a favorite to win. The shocker for me has been the qualification of the North Korean National Women’s soccer team, representing one of our worst political enemies in the Post-Cold War era.
FIFA is going to love explaining this to the Americans.
Normally this wouldn’t be an issue. For example, tensions between Iran and the US were very high coming into the 2006 World Cup in Germany; both teams qualified, but they were put in different groups and the Cup went on without a hitch. However, in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the United States and North Korea have been placed in the same group, meaning that they must play each other at least once. What’s worse, their match is scheduled for September 11th, six years after the worst terrorist attack in America’s history.
It is unlikely that FIFA or China has deliberately done this to provoke a political incident on a sporting stage. However, it is an egregious oversight that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible, unless Kim Jong-Il is okay with an 8-2 loss at the hands of our beloved yanks. Then it’s so ON, baby!
Refereeing the game: Inspectah Hans Brix!