Viva Javi Poves! Death To Football!

VIVA Javi Poves! Viva Los Ingnados! Death To football!
Sporting Gijon defender Poves, a rising star of Spanish football, has wrapped in football in digust at the greed, venality and corruption of a game he says is a commercial racket used to blind society to inequality, injustice and poverty in the wider world and become an instant hero. To me anyway.


Poves says cynical commercial interests run a game he calls a scam and says players are self-obsessed empty vessels who allow themselves to be manipulated by agents and clubs. And in a Spain that is being increasingly polarised by the harsh consequences of the toxic debt crisis he has openly sided with an angry generation of radicalised dissidents – the Indignados – and in a stream of ever more militant twitter polemics he has called for the people to take to the streets, burn the banks and hold to account the politicians who have brought the country to the brink.
poves.jpgHis sharp analysis chimes with the mood on the streets in Spain. And now he has joined the grassroots movement of a dislocated uran generation whose concerns he has been articulating via social media for months. He has given up the wages and superstar lifestyle and says he will instead pursue education and a wider world view. He is walking the walk.
He makes English football’s self-conscious soapbox sloganeer Joey Barton – the millionaire briefly changed his Twitter avatar to a Che Guevara picture last week – look like a Student Grant spaying designer anarchist slogans on the living room wall of the flat daddy paid for.
bartonche.bmpFor all Comrade Barton’s entertaining disaffection on Twitter and oblique posturing rage at the powers that be, you still suspect his ire is about getting the best out of the situation for himself, that if he moves it will be for better money, that if he stays he will leave on a free next term and cash in to the max. He knows his economic and employment rights and is all too ready to stand up for them and do it publicly in a game so often shrouded in secrecy – but his position is one of self-interest. It is not a fundamental challenge to the status quo, either within the game or in wider society. He is no revolutionary. His hard-line tweets about the riots for instance could easily have come from a Tory MP.
But Javi Poves means it. He has quit the game, ripped up his contract, turned his back on the money and celebrity lifestyle and withdrawn his consent from the rapacious entertainment industry he has grown to despise. Top level football is a moral and ethically bankrupt. The more people inside the magic circle who say so, the better. Respect.
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WHILE on the subject of self-aware footballers, social media and economic rights, can I point you in the direction of this blog on that subject from The Two Unfortunates?

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24 thoughts on “Viva Javi Poves! Death To Football!

  1. Now then, now then, Brother AV. Don’t you know this ‘Socialist’ outbursting is definitely not acceptable in today’s grab it and run society. I mean for heaven’s sake why can’t a decent footballer make £180 000 a week whilst a teacher will be lucky to pull in £30 000 a year. Think a little before thee start singing the red flag and phonin up Brother Scargill (aye same lad who walked out of the ‘New’ rip em off Labour, I’m really a Tory lawyer in disguise, conference).
    But in all seriousness the juggernaut is in full steam, the markets must decide the worth etc, etc,. Its alright young Spanish lad throwin in the towel and callin it a day due to the dogs who manage the filthy luca , but here’s the sad fact – those who have it cling on to it like a drownin man to a straw and you can guarantee they’ll only give out the minimum to realise the maximum return.
    All you have to do is take a quick glance at the FIFA filth pot to recognise there’s a bad smell around and it ain’t the coke ovens at South Bank coz they’ve been cold for sometime.
    What those who have fail to realise is that the more they hoard it and twist the rules to their benefit (property owning democracy – my arse), the sooner comes the day when corruption, greed and nepotism brings it all down around all of our heads aka French revolution, Russian revolution, collapse of the Roman empire etc.- it can’t happen here – really? Seen any riots lately?
    On a positive note I prefer the Scandinavian system where a community looks after their own and everyone gets the chance to have a quality education not just the few who can afford it (seen any branch of Eton College in Pally Park lately- no me neither).
    BTW most if not all their teachers (Sweden) get a fully funded route to a masters degree and are treated with high respect by parents and students alike.
    Football is but a bell weather for the out of balance rampant greed dysfunctional society that we have in Britain. The sad fact is that it seems to always be the case and the vested interests will either rule you out of the conference or ensure you have neither the money or the education to think or do much about it.
    I think the sad truth is if the mass population did decide that the rat race only favoured the few and got off there backsides to make a point, you’d get some silver tongued individual to come along promising change and of course only lining their own pockets – anyone for a Blairite biscuit.
    Generally speakin I think there’s not much hope of a prolonged change for the better. That’s why I stick me fingers in me ears, watch out for the Boro score and put my faith in Mogga.
    UTB

  2. In the cynical hard bitten world of professional football or topically living in an corrosive, unequal hard bitten society, at least we have one footballer, who has restored some faith in the view that not everyone is greedy. He may not be the best,nor quickest our amigo Arca, who has signed again for the club.
    All right he is wealthy by anyone’s standards but I would prefer to think he likes the club, values the supporters and has developed an affinity for the area. Footballing wise, he is smart, he can hold the ball and play those deft chip passes that no one else at the club can manage. Yes, he is infuriating and disappears in circles but we missed him last week when we needed somebody to hold on to the ball.
    He can also mentor Bennett into becoming a better player. I am glad he has signed.

  3. Hmmmmm….. yes, well. Take it you’re not giving up the blog and the Gazette back pages in favour of urban warfare. Good. That’s that then.
    Meanwhile, back at the Championship ‘scam’, I see it’s Argentinian Land Crab on the menu again!
    And, even better news – Richie Smallwood has signed up long term too.
    There’s a growing band buying into the Mogga Magic!

  4. Does football actually blind society to inequality or do the exploits of the super-rich footballers actually highlight the inequality of society?
    Few would disagree that football has been allowed to pander to the greed of players and agents whilst the clubs teeter on the brink of financial collapse.
    But I don’t think Povi has added anything new to the argument – it’s hardly a revelation that bankers may worship money and politicians generally put their own interests ahead of those of the public.
    I’m always a bit cynical of those who seek to encourage rebellion – It should be noted that Povi is nearly 25 and has only just made a few appearances in in the first team last season – so has he really rejected football or has football rejected him?
    It also made me laugh that during the riots the multi-millionnaires Rooney and Rio spoke out against the looting ‘have nots’ – Rio said he became wealthy by working hard and so should they rather than turning to crime – I would say it was perhaps talent and luck rather than genuine hard work.
    Anyway, football has become a distraction with way too much money to play with – the players are living the dream of untold riches and fame – as are the hangers on.
    The people have been sold the same dream without any means of attaining it – so should we wonder when some of them get caught up in greed and anarchy?
    AV writes: French philosopher Jean Baudrillard said of the game’s cultural role: “Power is only too happy to make football bear a diabolical responsibility for stupifying the masses”. I think it is that bread and circuses thing.

  5. ”AV writes: His hard-line tweets about the riots for instance could easily have come from a Tory MP.”
    Or someone who has seen his home raised to the ground or car burnt out or his business destroyed or family injured or killed. Perspective please, I am no lover of Barton but it isnt just hard line tories who were disgusted by the thuggery.
    **AV writes: Maybe not, but Barton has spent much of the last few weeks bewailing inequality and casting himself as a rebel. At one point last week he seemed to be portaying himself as a football Che and was urging people to stand up and fight. Suddenly he is calling for water-cannon and a good kicking. A touch of hypocrisy?

  6. What Poves had done benefits no-one and will have no impact on football whatsoever.
    Would it not have been better to continue earning and give his wage away?
    Does he know how lucky he is? Does he appreciate what a difference he could make?
    His politics may be admirable, but his actions are daft.

  7. AV –
    No problem with that but polemic diatribes are not the purpose of this blog. Kicking c*** out of Barton certainly is.
    It is also worth recalling how much work many footballers do in the community, our club is no sluggard in that respect, and also that Tottenham are at the forefront in that area.
    I totally agree about Barton but dont forget this is a tragedy for many people. Cheap political shots have no place. It is beneath you, I hope, and was merely writing a thread.

  8. I assume Poves is already a very rich man? It’s easy to be moralistic when you have a few quid, just ask Bono. However I take his gesture and him “walking the walk” with the grace it was intended.
    In today’s fragile state is it wise however to encourage civil unrest to the point of violence? You can get community service and a £60 fine for that over here.
    Far better to adopt a Bartonesque stance pocket the cash, smack a student and snipe at a system that has kept you in rolex’s and Krystal all these years.
    Football invariably takes young kids off the streets at the age of ten, lavishes untold wealth on them, they become idolised by the media and Joe public. And yet we still expect them to act as if they were on £50 a week. A modern professional footballer in the main is a beast we have all created, we can hardly expect them to destroy the very means which keep them in Rangerovers and Bentleys.
    Bankers, corrupt politicians and newspaper journalists who value their jobs to the extent that they will step over the line of what is deemed acceptable behaviour deserve more contempt as their ways of looking after number one have an impact on society more so than the petulant ramblings of a spoilt Barton with an axe to grind.
    Get them all back on £50 a week and down the pits on a Saturday morning!

  9. I assume Poves is already a very rich man ?
    It’s easy to be moralistic when you have a few quid, just ask Bono.
    However I take his gesture and him “walking the walk” with the grace it was intended.
    In today’s fragile state is it wise however to encourage civil unrest to the point of violence? You can get community service and a £60 fine for that over here.
    Far better to adopt a Bartonesque stance pocket the cash, smack a student and snipe at a system that has kept you in rolex’s and Krystal all these years.
    Football invariably takes young kids off the streets at the age of ten,lavishes untold wealth on them, they become idolised by the media and Joe public. And yet we still expect them to act as if they were on £50 a week. A modern professional footballer in the main is a beast we have all created, we can hardly expect them to destroy the very means which keep them in rangerovers and bentleys.
    Bankers, corrupt politicians and newspaper journalists who value their jobs to the extent that they will step over the line of what is deemed acceptable behaviour deserve more contempt as their ways of looking after number one have an impact on society moreso than the petulant ramblings of a spoilt Barton with an axe to grind. Get them all back on £50 a week and down the pits on a Saturday morning!

  10. Power to the people, as wolfie once said.
    There is far too much greed and too many narcissists in the game of football these days. It really is off-putting!
    Well done to Steve Gibson for deciding we had to live ‘within our means’. We could so easily have gone bust trying to achieve the dream. It does worry me that there appear to be so many clubs teetering on the edge of the abyss!
    If I didn’t know better than the good old days of Ayresome park, and the real sportsmen who played back then, I don’t think I would be a football supporter. However, I have Boro in my blood, and can’t not be a supporter.
    I must add “well done Arca”. I know he has earned his fortune already, but he took the pay cut to stay here.
    Bring on Leeds.
    RED ARMY.

  11. I have NO problem at all in professional footballers earning every penny they can from ‘the system’. The top of the football tree is populated with players whose parents were hairdressers and kitchen fitters.
    These people do not inherit their wealth from mummy and daddy, they are born with talent and they work and work at that talent and if they are lucky, very lucky they get too distribute the corporate wealth from the rich ( not me ) to the themselves the poor.
    And just for the record – two ex boro players who never quite made it, and the vast majority don’t, are now teaching and earning more money than they ever did playing.
    Lets get this into perspective; if you don’t like the system don’t watch sky sports. Football is theatre, opera, the cinema and pop music all wrapped up into one. If “he” has given up the wages and superstar lifestyle and says he will instead pursue education and a wider world view – maybe we could have just swapped.
    I have had all the education and wider world view I want and could do with some of that superstar lifestyle. And if anyone who reads this blogs feels any different they are lying to us as well as themselves.
    **AV writes: I have no problem with that. What gets my goat is millionaires moaning about how hard their life is, about the gruelling workload, the pressure to succeed, the worries of being a role-model, photo shoots for a sponsor, the length of their season, the shortness of their career when they are only an accidental bit of talent away from being outside the pompous bubble and having to really work hard for a living. Or worse, not being able to work.
    It is just refreshing to hear someone who has looked at his business through a wider prism and said actually, there are bigger issues than those that normally consume off duty footballers and then decided on principle to quit. He’s not the only one. Peter Knowles – “God’s Footballer” – did something similar and decided the cynicism in the game wasn’t compatible with his religion and wrapped it in. You’ve got to respect that.

  12. Viva Pavi, Viva Zapata, Viva Vauxhall!
    Personally I like to see working class lads doing good and earning loads. It gets right up the noses of the establishment.

  13. Bucking the trend, Arca has turned his back on the queue of clubs wanting to sign him on improved terms to re-sign for Boro on reduced terms.
    Great to see such loyalty, when some cynics would say his decision is based on desperation!
    Frankly, I couldn’t have given a damn what his decision was – but happy to put my faith in the manager. If he wanted him to stay, that’s good enough for me.

  14. Look, England will never win a major Trophy ever again because its not football anymore, not to this generation, What is it? Its ” SHOW BIZ”

  15. GOOD ON YER A,V, GOOD ON YE LAD.
    I wrote many times from Spain where I have (if the banks dont take it away from me) a house. Now I am in Dubai trying to earn a honest bob. POWER TO THE KID, and good luck, nobody wants to see the riots but its not just here in Arabia that people are fed up.
    My business in Spain was not burned out by thugs it was killed by greedy bankers who took us all to the cleaners and as always the working man will pay. Although the Spanish kid has a good point. its not football to blame, its the politicians, bankers and the very rich who take us for fools.
    So I hope this kid and others can change things because they need changing, Then maybe I can get home to see my bonny Boro

  16. Leeds 0-1 Boro Fantastic strike by Emnes, he’s a man reborn under Mogga! Think this result will spark our season. Well done lads, despite the fussy ref (an understatement!) All you waverers, get yourself down to The Riverside next Sunday and support the Boro boys!

  17. AV, I agree with you. There is a lot wrong in the modern way of living (why we must own and consume more – all you need are friends and Boro).
    Also footie is not as it used to be. I have a Belgian friend who has a nice job and play footi, too. When I asked why he plays his answer was: “You get easy money by playing.” I though we all play and follow football as we love the sport. But I must be wrong.
    Perhaps we supporters must be paid to follow our team (we have Sky money for that, doesn we). So if you get a season card you are paid to use it. HalifaxP or Dormo would get paid more than me because I am not good at singing and my English is bad. But I don’t blame them – a fan’s career is short and they must make most out of it.
    So less is more. Usually. But that’s why I am a Boro fan and not a fan of Chelsea. OMG, what a thought to be following Chelsea *shivers*. I must take my medicine now.
    Up the Boro!

  18. Manchester City ‘star’ Emmanuel Adebayor is earning £160,000 salary each week. That is £8.3 million each year.
    Do you think paying the extra £100 000 a week make him a better player than paying him ‘just’ £60 000? I do understand that the players don’t feel to live in a normal world after all this. And someone with intelligence and normal conscience will opt out of the circus.
    As I said less is more to make you happy. Back to basics helps to reach a balance in life. It’s one’s own choice.
    Up the Boro!

  19. Well said GT. That is exactly what football has become.
    Especially when you see the likes of Barton. Best piece of acting I have seen in a long time. Hollywood is calling you Joey!

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