My Passion for Football by Bilhal
Imagine being in a stadium with 80,000 people cheering on your favourite team to win and be crowned champions. Imagine it being so loud you can barely hear your own thoughts. Then, imagine it being so quiet you could hear a pin drop. For those of you still scratching your head in confusion, allow me to enlighten you about the beautiful game of football.
In February 2013, for my 6th birthday, my Dad took me to watch his favourite team, Arsenal. Since that day forth, I have been in love with football. Those ten outfield players played with such elegance and class, it was like they were ballerinas in The Nutcracker. It was sensational. It was something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Since then, I have not been able to stop thinking about football. Have you experienced something that has changed your life? This was the feeling I had with football; it became something I could never grow out of. For me it is like entering a completely different reality for ninety minutes. Putting your emotions on the line for this one team you care about more than anything else in the world.
However, there have been times when I have been so upset, was as if my heart broke into a thousand pieces. I remember times when things haven’t gone Arsenal’s way and I have cried myself to sleep. Of course I felt like giving up. There were times where I felt like I had been hit by Mike Tyson and couldn’t get back up. Nevertheless, it is the feeling of triumph and victory that gets me back up. It’s made me into the person I am today.
You could travel all around the world and you will always find someone who loves football. You could go to France, Brazil or Dubai and still find someone with the same burning passion. My favourite place to go and watch football was Madrid in Spain. Fans roaming the streets, chanting their club’s anthem. The streets were filled with white in honour of the match like a giant cloud.
For those of us who are not so fortunate to afford going to watch football at the stadium, there are plenty of ways you can still get involved in football. You could get a ball and go to your local park for a kick around. You don’t necessarily have to be in a stadium to create your own enchanting atmosphere in your head. If you live in the UK, there are loads of activities the local authority set up for the young and old. For information go to fa.co.uk/getinvolved
If you’ve never played football before, here are some things you should consider. It is about passion, fearlessness, and bravery against your rivals. It’s about the post-game chants and looking forward to the days ahead. It is that feeling of striking down your opponent and yelling “Victory” as you realise you have won. This is why I am passionate about football.