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It was the time when Cameroon’s match was under way; the moment when 34 year old Roger Milla, with millions as witnesses, took his team to the gates of victory. He proved right the selection team’s decis ion to include him, a 34 year old, into the team and then bade farewell to the f ootball world. Latin-American, African football is not simply a sport; it symbolizes the histor y of years of enslavement and bloodshed at the hands of colonialist bureaucracie s. This history does not begin or end with a Roger Villa or a Higuita. This hist ory began centuries ago when entire populations unconditionally imbibed this spo rt into their very veins. For the populace of Ghana and Trinidad, football is not a meager sport, nor is a goal mere joy; it is a battle against the repression and slavery imposed on the m by the imperialist forces. For them, every goal becomes an arrow or a bullet s hot by the blacks at their white colonialist and every player transforms into a warrior fighting for his nation’s freedom. It is not with the vivacity of a specta tor that they watch each game, but their mental stance is that of a soldier out at the battlefield in the face of war. These are the pages of history where Brazil and Argentina evolve beyond the narr ow notions of nationality towards horizon-less lands of ideals and ideologies wi th their victorious goals. The goals of Argentina and Brazil, the originators of aesthetic football, are driven right into the hearts of the football fanatics. The essence and aesthetics of Latin-American, African football has dissolved wit hin their blood and it is in their hearts that they have revered the religion of football and the divine idols of Pele and Maradona. This is what sets apart football from other sports and games. Here, the game is played with blood and perceived with hearts. A live proof to this is the devotio n with which the football nation still worships Maradona who was expelled under charges of doping. The base for football’s huge fan-following and viewership also finds its origins in this history. Every player is welcomed to the playground by each viewer with the disposition “This is my flesh, and this is my blood.” and the football they play with is inflated with the gasps and breaths of this very nati on. This is the history of bringing voodoo magicians in an effort to snatch victory in the game, and the history of the samba dance that the players step to after e very victorious goal; it is with the arterial blood of their hearts that this hi story is written. It is from these very hearts that these words are uttered, “O Gr eat ancestors who lived before us and our times, to the memory of your victories in wars fought with blood, we bow our heads.”