When Martin Luther King made his famous quote "I have a dream" in August 1963, he could not possibly imagine that it would be a life moto decades or even hundreds of years later. His words remain topical, because today we can use it for less important reasons, compared to human rights and racism, but they are still inspiring. The last thing we have is the right of dreaming. Because they have taken everything from us, we lost our faith to justice, legality, vision, the dream of a better tomorrow is the last thing that there has been left.
I had many chances recently, pushing me to write about my dream... I was delaying it every time, erasing and writing back from the beginning. Before a very decisive time, with conversations about the "curses" of our land, refereeing, journalism, justice at the center of it, I think that I have to share my thoughts with you. So, which is my dream?
I am dreaming of a football with discussions only about Stramaccioni's tactics, Paulo Bento's formations, Ivic's successful risks, Ketsbaia's possible mistaken moves.
I am dreaming that I will never have to speak about referees again (it will also be something healthy), only about strikers' efforts, midfielders' mistaken controls, central defenders' slow reactions.
I am dreaming of managing Media which will be talking about total football and laugh with my fellow professionals, who are throwing themselves on fire in order to prove that there are organizations with criminal activity.
Ι am dreaming of writing about the ridiculous decisions of English referee Mark Clattenburg, the bad vision of referee Giachos when a defender handballs over the line. It will also help me returning home at nights with a clear vision. Clattenburg is a strong guy, but he does not understand Greek in order to learn what I wrote.
I am dreaming of the day when the best football team and not the best criminal gang will be winning matches. The reason claims that if that happens, the product will have a financial success, there will be more sponsors for the websites, probably more job positions, a better market than its current condition. So, it will also be good for us...
Ι am dreaming to never hear the owner of the Media in which I am working telling me "Vasilis, inform all the journalists to never write again about him or her, because they are threatening to kill us", but to hear him telling me "Vasilis, do your job the best way possible and have no fear. I will stand by your side".
Ι am dreaming of the day in which Media will stop equalizing the rapists and their victims, with the argument that they were wearing a short skirt. Instead, they will be trying to separate good from evil, moral from immoral, black from white, coward chickenshit fellow professionals, who are hiding themselves behind deep-thinking quotes, from honorable associates who are fighting for what is crystal clear.
Ι am dreaming of a healthy environment, without insulting announcements from football clubs, without attacks to referees, without bodyguards, without contract hits against those who are recording the reality, no matter if they are Attorneys, journalists or anything else.
I am dreaming of seeing again penalties outside the area and believing that it is still a human mistake. And when somebody is writing about "corrupted systems" in football, to scorn him for the product's sake...
I am dreaming of 50-50 behavior.
I am dreaming of writing about football, like in the past. Judging only the athletes and their managers.
I am dreaming of making interviews with the stars of all teams. I am dreaming of speaking on the radio only about football.
Ι know well that I am dreaming a lot. And the bad thing is that I have stopped believing in fairy tales since I was five years old. Nowadays, at the age of 40, I refuse to make fun of you, who spend 3-4 minutes of your time to read or hear me. I will tell you what I believe, without trying to circle the corners in order to avoid any possible dangers.
Nevertheless, there are many people willing to do this job. The important thing is which way you prefer sleeping. In a comfortable pillow or in a pillow full of money earned only because when they were telling you "exclude the truth", you had chosen to hear "write fairy tales"...