Well, the title of this post, speaks for itself.
If you haven’t heard the hype surrounding this thing, please let me bring you up to speed.
Soccer or football is the most popular sport in the world. Here in the United States it barely ends up in the top ten. We don’t even begin to comprehend how important this is to the rest of the world. It’s their Superbowl and it only comes around once every few years.
I started playing Soccer in Korea, when I was in the Army and you can appreciate the intensity the Koreans would bring to the pitch, to beat us Americans. A few years later, I would find out the Germans were just as intense (and a little tougher) when it comes to the world’s game. Its not just a competition, its a duel of ideas and national pride, pitted against each other, in the one sport that everyone on the planet knows how to play.
The rest of the world also loves it because, it might be the one thing, we’re just not that good at. When your the greatest country in the world, the rest of the world takes a guilty pleasure in beating you at it’s most popular game. There is no medal count here for us to point to….it’s the one game that the big man on campus, just isn’t that good at.
We should all take the chance to check out this great tournament, the rest of the world will be watching, we need to see what the big deal is all about. I had the pleasure of watching the 02′ cup in Europe,in a crowded pub, there is complete silence…….until one team starts attacking…..then a nervous buzz…..people start muttering in front of pints filled with stout and lager…as the ball draws closer the net it gets louder…more intense…then….GOAL!!! and the pub blows up with Cheers (or curses)…
I urge everyone, to watch at least one game this weekend…even if the U.S isn’t playing. If you can, try to make it out to a pub that is featuring the game…(Liams, Fiddlers, Cricketers are some that come to mind) grab a pint, some food and enjoy one of the greatest spectacles in sports, that this planet has to offer. You won’t be disappointed, I promise….if you do get bored, give the keys to your DD and grab another pint…you’ll find it exiting sooner or later.
It’s time that the United States gave its undivided attention to supporting our squad as they take on the rest of world…