I know nothing about soccer. I just don’t get it.
I mean, yeah,…okay…I get the general idea…There is a goal with net, and there is a ball, and when the latter goes into the former then it’s time to start rioting…
But why does it matter that the goal was scored in the 23rd minute? or the 47th?
I mean, for chirssakes,…in most games, that goal is gonna be the only damn thing that happened in the entire hour and half. So when they announce the final score of 1-0 or whatever, why is it so important that they also announce in which minute the goal(s) were scored?
It’s not like American football, where the clock is an important part of the game strategy. In soccer, one quick kick often reverses the entire direction of the field, and almost all the players suddenly turn 180 degrees and start running the opposite direction. So a goal can just as easily be scored at the 13th minute as at the 74th, right? What difference does it make?
Or am I missing something basic?
(yes, this is GQ… so I tried to restrain myself from the mandatory “soccer-isn’t-real-football, real-men-don’t-wear-shorts-and-knee-socks” Brit-bashing. But it wasn’t easy )