By Football Italian staffA look back on the Super Cup, a day of joy and celebration for fans in Los Angeles.
The day that kicked off the football season is always remembered for a few reasons, not least of which is that it marked the beginning of the end of an era for Italy, which had long been at the centre of global football’s obsession with the World Cup and its aftermath.
It has been a dark and bitter day, with the likes of the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, the US president Donald Trump and the Brazilian soccer federation’s president Roberto Martinez facing allegations of corruption, abuse of power and corruption, among others.
The football world was left stunned by the accusations, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino calling the allegations “disgraceful” and “completely unacceptable”.
And as football has gone global, the pressure to be part of the World Cups, with all the attendant expectations, has only increased.
The Super Bowl, which has become an iconic event in the US, is a day that is synonymous with football.
But its impact on the football world has been equally profound.
The tournament, which is scheduled to be played in February, has become the centrepiece of American sports, with more than 40 million people expected to attend in more than 300 cities.
It is a moment of pride for the United States, as well as its international partners and the sporting world, and the game has also been a platform for the development of young Americans, including the star wide-awake Alyssa Edwards, who will be making her debut as a professional in Super Bowl XLIX.
But as it goes to the Superbowl, the game of football is also at the heart of a wider political debate in the United State.
Some say it is no longer a sport for Americans.
Others say the game should be kept in the home.
There has been growing concern that the World Series of American football could be lost to a global sporting boycott, or even a boycott of the Olympics in 2024, which could potentially leave America without a professional sports championship.
While the World Football Association of America and the International Olympic Committee have called for the cancellation of the tournament, and have been critical of the way in which the games have been handled in the past, others have suggested that the Superbowl could become the catalyst for a new generation of American players to follow in the footsteps of the likes the U.S. women’s national soccer team, the men’s soccer team and the women’s basketball team, who all reached the finals of the 2016 World Cup.
The decision to cancel the tournament has been met with mixed reactions from many quarters, with many of those supporting the boycott calling it an insult to the players and a loss of American pride.
While some of the most vocal supporters of the boycott have claimed the decision was made in order to preserve the integrity of the sport, others said the boycott was a clear attempt to sabotage the game.
The US Men’s National Soccer Team, for example, played the first of four games in Houston in the Supercup, which ended up being the team’s only victory in its opening group game.
However, despite the World Soccer Association of Australia saying that it did not want to take part in the tournament because it would damage the Australian brand, many others in the sporting community believe the boycott is an insult.
Some have also pointed out that while the Superdome is a symbol of American culture, it is also home to a number of Mexican and Mexican-American communities, who feel that it is inappropriate for a sporting event to take place in a part of American society that is predominantly Mexican-owned.
The Los Angeles Chargers, the team that won the Supercups first and second games, are owned by the Mexican National Football League and the Mexican American Football League.
The USMNT has not been in Mexico since the 2011 Confederations Cup, when Mexico beat the US in the final.
The NFL has previously expressed support for the Mexican team, with owner Donald Sterling saying that he would support any team that was interested in hosting the SuperCups.
But, while Sterling has since moved on from his views, his remarks are not necessarily out of the ordinary in the world of professional football.
Former United States women’s international player Jill Ellis has also come out against the boycott, and in a tweet said the league would not play in Mexico because “soccer is a game for Americans”.
The US Women’s National Basketball Team also recently said that it was not interested in playing in Mexico, with president Donna Shalala saying in an interview with The New York Times that “the game of basketball is an American sport”.
“We are not going to play in the Mexican League because the game is a sport that we are all proud of, and we’re not going because we feel we’re doing the wrong thing,” she said.