Different anthems for different sports
This quirk of the draw illuminates the complex identity of the 북 아일랜드 national team
It was only a short while ago
— 중에서 1968 과 1998 — that a period of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland
, known as ‘The Troubles
,’ left more than
3,500 죽은 사람들, 에 따르면 The Sutton Index of Deaths.
The Good Friday Agreement (or Belfast Agreement) helped bring an end to decades of conflict between nationalists seeking a united Ireland and loyalists wishing to remain a part of the UK.
These differing political views broadly aligned with religious beliefs, with Protestants favoring unionism and Catholics nationalism.
에 따르면 2011 인구 조사, the population of Northern Ireland is
49% Protestant and other Christian
, 45% 가톨릭, 6% is non-religious and
1% did not state their religion
. 에 따르면 ARK Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey,
33% of people
, 에 2019, considered themselves Unionists
, 23% identified as nationalists
, 동안 39% regarded themselves as neither
“Surveys will show you that there is a developing sense of a Northern Irish national identity
, but there is no song that encapsulates that or can be seen to encapsulate
[그것],” Paul Rouse
— who wrote Sport and Ireland
: A History
— 알려준다 CNN 스포츠.
Northern Ireland has several national anthems in use across different sports, as well as different configurations of its teams — a relic of how each sport navigated this divide.
Each of these songs occupies a slightly different position in Northern Ireland’s political landscape.
In rugby, where the team plays as a united Ireland, the Republic of Ireland’s national anthem “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“The Soldier’s Song”) plays at home matches, alongside the specifically commissioned, more inclusive “Ireland’s Call,” which plays at both home and away matches.
At the Commonwealth Games
, the Northern Irish anthem is
,” while for football
, the anthem
“God Save the Queen
” — with its associations to the British Royal Family
— is tied up with the unionist tradition
“알 잖아, it’s quite sad
. Northern Ireland don’t really have their own identity
,” Northern Ireland’s captain Marissa Callaghan said in a documentary
“As a Catholic player, 운수 나쁘게, I don’t get that experience of standing tall and singing the anthem as loud as you can.
“But it doesn’t take away the pride and the passion and what it means to put on the green shirt. It will take someone to think outside the box, won’t it? And be brave enough to move it forward.”
‘What would happen to international sport in Ireland?’
역사적으로, each major sport has found a slightly different place within the Northern Irish landscape.
“The creation of the modern sporting world happened in the 19th century … And when that was happening, Ireland was not partitioned,” says Rouse.
When Northern Ireland was officially created on May 3, 1921, following the Irish War of Independence, teams in athletics, rugby and football represented the entire island.
“The question immediately rose up what would happen to international sport in Ireland,” Rouse says. “And it varies from sport to sport.”
The Irish Football Association (IFA) 였다, and still is, based in Belfast — the game’s historic heartland where it first entered Ireland.
Unlike rugby, whose governing body was based in Dublin and structures allowed for more regional autonomy, football split into two with the establishment of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) in Dublin in 1921.
The IFA and the FAI initially both fielded international teams called Ireland, selecting players from north and south of the border, until the 1950s when the demands of World Cup qualifying competitions forced the teams to become entirely separate.
During ‘The Troubles
,’ tensions flared
, such as when riots marred a European Cup match between the border town of Dundalk and Linfield
, a club closely associated with Unionism
, 에 1979.
But the success of the Northern Ireland squad at the 1982 과 1986 World Cups, featuring players from both communities, showed how football could, 때때로, transcend the political divisions.
“We tend to focus on the divide, it wasn’t just a divide, it was also a game which bound them together,” says Rouse.
These efforts to unite football have intensified following the peace process.
에 2006, the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs was awarded the Brussels International Supporters’ Award for supporting charities and its efforts to tackle sectarianism.
The Northern Ireland Women’s Football Association (NIWFA) is a much newer entity, formed in 1976, 그리고 그 이후로, women’s football in the country has grown exponentially.
기록적인 인파 15,348 packed into Windsor Park to watch the side’s World Cup qualifying match against England
, while approximately
1,200 players are now competing across six competitive divisions
, 에 따르면 웹 사이트
Its increasing popularity aligns with the trends in women’s football across Europe. 유로 2022 has already set attendance records — 주위에 450,000 tickets were sold before the tournament — while more than 91,000 fans twice piled into the Camp Nou to watch Barcelona Femení earlier this year.
An official song — “Girl Got Game” by Jessica Hammond — has also been released to support the team and highlight women’s football.
Tapping into this, the Northern Ireland women’s team are hoping to emulate the ‘spirit of 2016’ that permeated the country when the men’s team qualified for Euro 2016.
“[우리] saw the positive impact that had
,” Callaghan told Belfast Live
It is the first time that the Northern Ireland women’s team has qualified for a major tournament, despite several long-term injuries to its key players.
Qualifying represented an impressive achievement for the team ranked 47th in the world
, with many members of the squad balancing full-time work and football
No matter what the result of Friday’s match, Northern Ireland will not reach the knockout stages following losses to Norway and Austria in its opening two matches, but the journey has the players feeling optimistic about the future.
“Northern Ireland is an amazing place
, and we have some amazing people
,” Callaghan told Belfast Live
. “스포츠, including football
, has always managed to bring people together.