Chances are, you've never been to Myanmar. And correct me if I'm wrong, but you've also never been to a soccer game in Myanmar, because it's Myanmar, and because it's illegal for five people to gather in the same place.
In an A1 story, The Wall Street Journal offers a postcard from a soccer match in the eight-team Myanmar National League, where more than 10,000 fans sometimes congregate to stick it to the secret policemen in the military intelligence. Yangon is a far way from the Bronx — where it's technically legal to attend a Yankees game, even though the seats are empty — but tickets still go for 10 times their face value of $1. (For their part, the police only enforce the five-person limit law selectively.)
The sport has long been stitched into the country's fabric — former team names include "Central Supply and Transport Depot" and "Forestry," which is only slightly more illogical than "Coal Bears." The league's new slogan, "For The League, For The Nation," represents the essential truth about soccer in Mynamar, where, in this case, it really is more than just a game. It's an expression of freedom.