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The Politics of Football: How Kicking a Ball can Build Friendship Between Asia-Pacific Neighbours [ 2005.12.16 ]

One of the great ethnographic dilemmas of the modern world is that in the ‘Far East’, the most oriental place on the atlas, there lies a nation of occidentals who by and large have nothing in common with their neighbours. I am of course referring to Australia and its place at the foot of the Asian continent. Most Australians may not give it much thought, and it may not be so apparent to those global citizens looking down from the north, but Australia as a nation is largely alienated by its regional position. For one there is no common history between most Australian and Asian peoples. The passage of time between Australia’s foundation and today is too small to have formed century old bonds with neighbours the way sub-continental, southeast, and north Asian nations have. Australia as a single national entity has only existed for about a hundred years and a lot of that time was spent warring with the regional powers of the day. Japan, North Korea, and Vietnam have all been sparring partners at one stage or another, but fortunately the last thirty or so years have been focussed on trading goods rather than bullets. At any rate Australia has never been embraced by the international Asian community. It has always been viewed as an outsider, someone to keep a suspicious eye on. After all, who wants strange neighbours moving in next door, staying up all night partying and disrupting your local community by acting differently? Australia is the ‘newest kid on the block’, and along with New Zealand part of the most recent ‘family’ to move into the Asian suburb. Seems like no one really wanted them to but there was a house for sale and they grabbed it. To be fair Australia has tried to assimilate with its near neighbours to the north. Australians cook and eat Asian style cuisine, teach school children Asian languages, holiday in Asia’s many tourist resorts, educate many Asian youngsters through university, and most importantly accept high numbers of Asian immigrants and provide much needed foreign aid to the regions poorer members. What more could they possibly do to gain acceptance at the ‘Asian table’? Well there is another great aspect of modern society that could play an important role, that of sport.

What is the best way for two nations to interact on a more or less social level? Sure the buying of goods from a particular country can impress upon the purchasing society the style and attitude of the selling nation. For example everyone loves a German-made car because it is strong and reliable, just like a German. People love Japanese TVs because they are sleek looking and function efficiently, just like the Japanese. Then there is music. How many people think Jamaica is a ‘cool’ place based upon hearing the musical styling of reggae. But for out and out interaction between two sets of people from different nations surely nothing beats sport. Sporting contests have a great ability to raise national pride whilst at the same time respecting and appreciating the opponent’s own sense of achievement. When people from one nation say that they love to beat another nation at a particular sport they actually mean they love the fact that the other country is alive and well and participating with them in the contest. It is really a form of acceptance between nations. By partaking in an official past time such as an organised sporting event two nations can be drawn closer together. Famous arch rivalries in world sport include India and Pakistan through cricket, Australia and New Zealand through rugby, and England and Germany through football. The supporters of all these national teams love nothing more than to beat their famed opposition, but not in a malicious blood shedding manner. Rather the victory is taken gracefully and respectfully with an eye on thanking the opponent at the end of proceedings. Sure there are bragging rights involved, but at the end of the day both sets of spectators were just glad to be able to watch an (usually) enthralling contest. So if Australia wants to get closer to Asia then why not choose the pathway of sporting rivals?

To compete with your neighbours you of course need some form of common sporting prowess and in football (sometimes referred to as soccer) there exists just such a common forum. Indeed the whole world loves the round ball game and its no coincidence that football should be available to help bridge Australia’s cultural differences with Asia. This type of friendship building may have started years ago were it not for the 1966 formation of the Oceania Football Confederation. Australia unwittingly tied itself up in the world’s smallest and most low-key football grouping, consisting mostly of tiny pacific island nations, New Zealand, and itself. It has always been a hugely unbalanced affair, with the relative might of Australian football dwarfing the ineffective and technically challenged island teams. Every world cup qualifying campaign for Australia consisted of score line annihilations of the minnows followed by hard fought losses to European or South American opposition in ‘sudden death’ two-leg ties. This format, recycled four yearly, gave Australian football absolutely nowhere to go in terms of on field success or indeed off field relationship building with other, stronger football nations. The sad fact of the matter was that right next-door, just above the Australian continent lay a huge array of football loving nations who played with and against each other regularly. Yet again Australia felt all alone, left out in the dark once more by that fickle mistress, Asia.

Fortunately the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) has helped Australia out in this regard by recently allowing the Football Federation of Australia, with the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) prior approval, to switch continental football membership from Oceania to Asia. This switch in competitive modes won’t take effect immediately, but its benefits to Australia are actually two-fold. Sure on the field the national team should start generating improved performances through playing more quality opposition more often, but it is the off-field knock on effect that should be most beneficial. In qualifying tournaments for the AFC championship and AFC world cup zone teams play each other in groups akin to a league set-up. If you are good enough you top the group and head off to the next stage of the competition, hopefully through to the finals. So all of a sudden Australia will find itself playing regularly against Asian nations every other year, perhaps some from the southeast, maybe some from the north. Either way Australia will be directly relating itself to Asian nations through the competitive sport of football. Australian football fans will have the option to travel to neighbouring countries in order to support their beloved team, and of course other national supporters will be welcomed to Australian shores to follow their own team’s efforts. It is a real win-win scenario for cross-cultural interaction. Australia’s neighbours should see an increase in tourism en masse from that country, with package tours and extended vacations being generated through the enticement of watching the national team play in a host country that also happens to be a top holiday destination. The hosts would get an increased opportunity to observe and communicate with Australians and for the most part learn or confirm their views that Australians are in fact friendly people with a lot of respect for other cultures and an eagerness to make friends with strangers. Assuming that Aussie tourists are well behaved, peaceful, fun loving folk, then they should inadvertently make a perfect advertisement for their country, showing Asian peoples that they are neighbours to be admired, respected, and appreciated. Of course the reverse will hopefully occur whereby Asian football visitors will be shown such a pleasant time by their Australian hosts that they will have nothing but nice things to say about the place on their return to their own nation. Of course this tourism flow already exists so why should playing football change things? It is because when people get into a stadium to watch their team there is usually a fun, carnival type atmosphere that invariably leads to a vibe, the kind that induces smiles and singing and generally having a good time with friends old and new. As fans of both teams flood out of the gates afterward there is much backslapping and teasing, celebrations and commiserations, and all manner of socialising. If this type of personal interaction does not bring two sets of people closer together then nothing will. Mark my words, when Australia begins playing regularly against Asian football teams in the near future there will be a noticeable increase in friendly relations between Australian people and their football neighbours. Forget governments, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers, the only true way for two nations to accept each other as friends is not by spelling it out in an official document, but by shouting it out across the football terraces. Never mind English, Mandarin, Bahasa, or Hangul, let the language of football help build better Asian-Australian relations. And oh yeah, Go the Socceroos!

By Bernard Laidlaw


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