Etymology蹴 (축) [chuk] – step on; stomp on
球 (구) [ku] – ball
Football is like our life in miniature. No matter how skilfully a player dribbles the ball on the field, if a player from the other team is quicker and more agile and takes the ball away from him, everything he has done before loses all meaning. Even if he dribbles the ball across the field to the goal and takes a shot, but the ball hits the post and goes backwards, he has lost. Whether he gets the ball to the goal is up to him, but it takes more than one player to score a goal, it takes a whole team.
The most important person in the team is the coach, who stands near the pitch and watches the whole team play. He does not run around the pitch and does not score goals, but his importance and influence is much greater than all of the players in the team. If the players follow the coach’s instructions correctly, they will win almost always. But if the coach gives instructions and the players don’t understand them or ignore them and continue to do things their own way, they will inevitably fail.
Similarly, in our lives, like the coach who sees what the players do not see, the Creator sees what we do not see and gives us signs.
Football is a competitive sport in which some win and some lose, but it has the real power to influence different countries and strengthen their cooperation for the sake of peace. For example, the World Cup attracts twice as many viewers as the Olympics. It shows how many people around the world love football! That is why football, like the Olympics, has the potential to become a bridge that unites different countries, races, religions and cultures.