Friday, December 3, 2010

What does FIFA’s decision to award the world cup to Russia & Qatar say about the NEW world order?

As many other football loving men around the world I was glued to the BBC world services on 2nd of December 2010, hoping that Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA would open the envelope to reveal that the world cup 2018 would be held in England, however it was not to be.
As I sat and reflected on winners, I cannot help but wonder on the significance of FIFA’s choice and its relevance to the emergent new world order, not just within the Football loving community, but the world at large. Sepp Blatter is a powerful figure within the secret hierarchy of the governing body that runs football, and for a while he has been very clear on the legacy that he wants to leave behind, that is to spread the game far and wide. He was single handedly instrumental in the world cup going to Africa in 2010, I guess giving the games to Russia and Qatar may not be as symbolic as the former decision, however, in my view no less significant.
Russia is a vast country of significant population with large reserves of natural resources, it also has an economy that will continue to grow at rapid speed, and hence commercially politically this is a sound choice for FIFA. Economically let’s look at the competition, you cannot help but laugh that Spain and Portugal had submitted a bid. When currently their economy is teetering on the brink, how can a world cup be trusted with these countries, who knows where their economies will be in 2018. England is not exactly flushed with cash at the moment either, and in any case I don’t think there is a “legacy” factor here as the game is very well entrenched in the country, and it does not require further enhancement.
Qatar was indeed a bold decision, a tiny country with little football heritage, unbearable heat, no infrastructure and the list can go on, however, FIFA must be given credit for tapping into the future opportunity. Eleven years is more than enough for Qatar to put right the necessary infrastructure and as other GCC countries have shown in the past, when required, they will WOW the world with a fantastic show. I’m sure the rest of the gulf countries are in awe in Qatar, however, must be excited by their achievement and I expect someone like Dubai to now start to seriously consider an Olympics bid for 2020
Decision by FIFA on 2nd of December 2010 is a reflection of the change in world order, no longer will the west hold sway over the key decision making establishments, the newer cash rich regions will begin to assert more power over the debt ridden powers of the yester years, and we all have to learn and adopt and accept this.
If I had a mystic ball I will predict the 2026 world cup will be in China then the 2030 will be in India, who can bet against this?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Life Explained

I read this today and it really resonated with me a lot...

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them."Not very long," answered the Mexican."But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?""I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day.You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.""And after that?" asked the Mexican."With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican."Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American."And after that?""Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!""Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican."After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.