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Lebanese Civil Football

April 13, 2010

Today, 13 April, commemorates the break of the Lebanese Civil War (1975 – 1990) that lead to the Taif Agreement that now rules the political dimension of the Lebanese Government.
In this memory many are skeptical of wether or not the lebanese have learnt from the mistakes of that era, and wether or not we may pas through another civil war.
The Politicians in lebanon decided to mark this day with yet another “combat” on the football field.

Lebanese Politicians Football

via Internet

The 30 minute game was called “We are one team” and was covered Live on MTV Lebanon station and Live Streaming at their Website, as well as live commenting on the side panel.

The Ad campaign for the game, showed each player wearing his political parties color and standing side by side singing the national anthem.

But the teams wore Red and White for the game. Red represented members of 14 march alliance and white represented the members of the 8 march alliances. some of the team players were:  Ali Abdullah , Ziad Baroud, Gebran Bassil, Mohammed Rahhal, Akram Shehayeb, Youssef Saadehm, Simon Abi Ramia, Ibrahim Kanaan, Ghassan Mukhaiber, Fadi al-Awar, Antoine Zahra, Alain Aoun, Ali Ammar, Ammar Houri, Serge Torsarkissian, Nadime Gemayel, Sami Gemayel, Ali Miqdad, Ali Bazzi, Saad Al Hariri (via Yalibnan).

Lebanese Political Football

"We are one team" - but colored

The Game was very exciting many of lebanese in and outside the country and sparked alot of conversations and buzz on many social networks.

The game ended 2-0 for the Red team, scored by Sami Gemayel, who turned out to be quite athletic in the match.

The color parade in the Ad for the game reflects the Lebanese Political spectrum quite accurately, and explains why things never seem to reach an agreement, a proper decision or any form or united say. If every one is playing for their one color, then its a multi-ended game of tug-of-war. too many colors are the problem, too many divisions, alliances, and slogans. Not enough unity, not enough resemblance to the lebanese flag or even mention of it. tis reminds me of Utopia.

The short game was very memorable and interesting, but is that how we want to remember the devastating Civil War? with civilians still suffering from its consequences till today? with people still missing, family still in despair, for their loved ones? and what will come out of it?
We cant really imagine that a football match would turn the rivalry political sphere to “one team”, especially with a highly competitive game. At the end of the game politicians still grabbed the opportunity to mock each others defense and attack strategies.

Will they wake up tomorrow with less rivalry, with more team-spirit and democratic revelations? and how does this game translate into more important issues that are highlighting the lebanese headlines lately, Safety from on-going Israeli violations?

Today’s game was a great entertainment to watch, but after the media stunt and parade, will this be the new political strategy for decision making and power assertion?
Will there be a match between Lebanese Army and Resistance vs. Syrians next year to commemorate the end of the Syrian involvement? or the Israeli invasion?

Tweet Round-Up:

1. I hope we give all #Lebanese politicians red cards and deport them from Lebanese political court #lausocial #politics

2. The game is over and the reults came out as follow politicians 50 BL$ – Lebanese ppl 0, and Red 2 – White 0 #civilwar

3.ما صار إطلاق نار إبتهاجاً بنهاية المباراة السلمية؟ ليه؟ بكن شي؟

4.watching the hilarious Red Vs. White Lebanese Politicians Football Match (stream it live: www.mtv.com.lb)

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