What is the best team of the country? Journalists will find this year to be a difficult choice.
At their historic performance at the world championships is no lack: a third place for the Red Devils, a fourth place for the basketbalvrouwen of the Belgian Cats and gold for the Belgian hockeymannen …
At their historic performance at the world championships is no lack: a third place for the Red Devils, a fourth place for the basketbalvrouwen of the Belgian Cats and gold for the Belgian hockeymannen. And then there are nominees at the gala that Saturday is taking place. What was the best team?
The top three of Hans Jacobs, sports writer at The Newspaper, consists of the Red Devils, the Belgian Cats and the Red Lions. He tries the choice to rationalize on the basis of the ‘globalisation of the sport’. ‘Football is a world much bigger sport than basketball and basketball is much bigger than hockey, ” he says. ‘That makes those sports are not inferior. But in football, the competition is much greater. It is harder to get to a final of a Football world cup to push than to that of a Hockey world cup. There do, for example, much less countries. But that makes their performance no less strong.’
Nevertheless, he thinks that Saturday, the Red Lions will win. Because their performance is still fresh in the memory. “That plays along with the mood.’
Frank Van Laeken, sportcolumnist in this newspaper, doubt not: the Red Lions have what it regards the sterktste performance of the year delivered. For the world cup-profit of the hockeyploeg he had for the Red Devils voted. Now that the mood is reopened, he changes his choice. “The performance of the Red Devils was handsome, but not unexpected. The victory of the Red Lions was just something onverwachter. They have won, and ultimately that is what counts.’
Just as Hans Jacobs, he expects the Red Lions will win. ‘That is still fresh in the memory.’
David Naert, Sportspress-chairman and VRT-journalist, keeps his preference rather for themselves. ‘The third place of the Red Devils is of course a performance without prior. What they have released is not to compare with what the hockey has loosened. Football and cycling remain the most popular sports in the us. I think that hockey and football will never surpass, but that doesn’t detract from their performance. In an olympic ploegsport gold medal at a world cup remains a unique answer.’
Apples and pears
What the three journalists agree, is that sports compare is very difficult. In the Netherlands there is the hoopla around the election to purchase, as some of the comparison is a load of nonsense, ” says Jacobs. ‘It remains apples to oranges. Therefore, that I have a rational argument, locate, rather than an emotional one.’
Nevertheless, still attach a lot of sportsmen are of importance to the award of the gala, say David Naert and Frank Van Laeken. The latter had criticised the ceremony in december, but according to Naert for a good reason. The reasoning is that in december many of the laureates can be present in contrast to January. Than are many sportsmen already at stage left.
For Of Laeken had the Belgian Lions also far too little attention. “Football and cycling are here, always been important. With us we have no sports culture, such as in the Netherlands. There you have also, for example, ice skating and volleyball. Hockey is now really just a hype, but tomorrow, forget it. ’
Following In the footsteps of the Red Devils will be the Red Lions Tuesday afternoon at the Brussels town hall be received. The hockeymannen will their fans from the balcony to greet. Of Laeken predicts, however, that the rise many will be less than the Devils. “And that is very unfortunate.’
Focus the media too much on the major sports such as football? That the VRT is the hockeyfinale not transmitted, had, according to Naert with broadcasting rights. “The VRT brings a combination of large and small sports. So we can the small sports in the slipstream of the major sports. Otherwise you reach only a hardcore small group.”