George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

I still feel guilty for my indifference towards football

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I have absolutely no interest in the World Cup. Until yesterday I didn’t even know which country was hosting it. My relationship with football is rather peculiar. When I was young I used to attend all the games of my local football club, OMONOIA Nicosia. Football in Cyprus is politicised and OMONOIA reflects my political views — it is supported by left wing working class people and it emerged as a reaction to the ethnic nationalism of APOEL, the other big football club in Cyprus.

I never liked football though. I grew up in a politically active household where both mum and dad claimed to be socialists, with football being at the centre of their social relations. Naturally, I tried to like football. I remember going to OMONOIA games with my walkman listening to music and trying to find the whole spectacle interesting.

That being said, my loyalty to OMONOIA still features high in the hierarchy of my personal identities, which is rather odd given my indifference towards the sport itself. In hindsight this isn’t so peculiar; the identity of being an OMONOIA-supporter is interwoven with my political outlook, so it makes sense that I maintain it to this day.

In the meantime, I grew up and I tried to rationalise the whole thing: I realised that my support of OMONOIA went well beyond the political. Supporting OMONOIA was my way of seeking and gaining acceptance within the social context in which I grew up. But oddly enough, I still feel a very weird sense of guilt for my indifference towards the sport, especially now that its biggest celebration — the World Cup — is taking place.

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George Iordanou

I'm mostly interested in politics and philosophy, which makes up for the majority of this blog. As this is an archive of what I have written over the years, it also provides a glimpse into my personal life. I'm currently working in the humanitarian sector. In my past life I was in academia where I completed a Ph.D. in political theory with focus on multicultural citizenship. I'm one of the few people lucky enough to be given the opportunity to actually practice their research interests. Needless to say, whatever I write here is strictly my personal opinion and does not represent anyone else.

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