Doug Klein

Zionist’s Guide to the World Cup–Day 28

400,000,000+ Morocco fans can’t be wrong.

Morocco ended its run at the World Cup with two straight defeats, as they lost the third place final to Croatia 2-1.  True, the match produced approximately 3.8 million delirious Croatians.  However, the fact is a few million happy Croatians pose less concern to the Zionist Guide to the World Cup (ZGWC) than the more than 400 million Arab fans of Morocco.  And that’s 400 million fans who are at this moment…sad and disappointed that their team lost their last match at the World Cup.

The ZGWC started out the World Cup with high hopes for Morocco.  Unfortunately, as numerous accounts of the reception received by Israelis in Qatar, there is a long way to go before any sort of operational amity is established.  It is deflating, but the Middle East neighborhood rarely produces anything resembling good fortune for its inhabitants.  As such, the best that the ZGWC can hope for under the circumstances is hundreds of millions of unhappy football fans.

Tomorrow sees the final match of this nearly month-long competition–the Froggies versus the Argies.  It is the dream match-up between the defending champs and the team led by the man many consider to be the greatest soccer player of all time.  For the ZGWC, though, it is not so much of a dream.  It is not a nightmare match-up, but it is one cloaked in ambivalence.  No surprise there .

As the reader(s) of this column should be aware, there are copious reasons to root against against France.  Likewise, there are numerous reasons to root against Argentina.  Conversely, there are a few reasons to root for France, and there are a few reasons to root for Argentina. (See the Day 20 blog for a quick review if needed.)

So how to decide?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but quite simply the blood of Alberto Nisman, a”h, calls out for justice.  This is only a soccer game whose outcome is ultimately completely and utterly trivial on the cosmic plain.  The current Argentinian regime, though, continues obstruct justice in both the investigation of the 1985 AMIA Bombing and the 2015 murder of Nisman.  To the extent that an Argentinian victory in the final bolsters and encourages the current government, the ZGWC has little choice but to cheer on the Froggies.

And so, once more, “Allez Les Bleus.”

About the Author
Doug Klein is an attorney in Chicago and the wrestling coach at Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
Related Topics
Related Posts