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It’s not about life and death, it’s much more important than that*

I occasionally get asked the deal about posting on futbol (football, soccer) on a blog that, ostensibly at least, is about LatAm economics/politics and is more about things connected with the mining world than anything else. One answer is that it’s my freakin’ blog and I’ll post what I like. But the real answer is that if you don’t understand or appreciate the deep, socio-cultural significance of futbol in the Latin American way of life, you shouldn’t be reading about anything remotely connected to the region in the first place. For a really topical example of this, go read what Cynthia Sanborn has to say in this freshly-minted post over at her place. Here’s an excerpt:

In the midst of a painful 2 -1 defeat by the national soccer team against Uruguay, in which Peru lost hopes for going to the 2014 World Cup, President Humala tried to leave the National Stadium quietly, alone and on foot.  But enraged fans prevented him from doing so, raining bottles, insults and worse from the stands, shouting “salado” (meaning “jinxed” or bringing bad luck), and blocking his way out. Security guards struggled for some time before Humala was finally able to get to his car and drive off.”  

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*Bill Shankly dixit:Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.

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