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Why Soccer Rules the Sport’s World
Believe it not (American) football fans, baseball fans, or hockey fans, but soccer is the globe’s most beloved sport. No other sport, hobby, activity, or game is watched on a higher scale than that of the sport of soccer. Soccer is played all over the world; in Africa’s deserts, American backyards, European fields, the Australian Outback, etc. The list goes on and on. Thanks to the cheap and limited equipment required and overall simple rules of the game, soccer is played by all races, religions, social classes, and cultures. Worldwide, 3.5 billion, yes, billion people (about half of the world’s population), participate in soccer in some way, whether it be via playing or watching.
If you’re one of those people who watch soccer, seriously or casually, you have heard of the World Cup. The World Cup is a global soccer tournament comprised of 32 countries’ best soccer players. It is held every four years at a different location every time. Each team works their way through the tournament bracket and the best soccer players in the world. The World Cup draws in more viewers than the Super Bowl. In fact, more people watched the 2010 World Cup than the last 7 Super Bowl combined. So, yes, it’s kind of a big deal.
The World Cup actually started within the Olympics, as more and more people expressed desire for an international soccer competition. In 1908, at the London Summer Olympics, soccer officially became an Olympic event. Due to the success of the amateur Olympic tournaments, in 1928, the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Congress opted to stage a worldwide competition outside of the Olympics. Since Uruguay had two Olympic championships under their belt, they were selected to host the inaugural World Cup tournament. The first World Cup matches were held on July 13th, 1930. The first two teams two win matches were the United States and France, while the first ever World Cup goal was scored by Lucien Laurent of France. Uruguay went on to win the first ever World Cup in Montevideo in front of a crowd of 93,000 people. From then on, the World Cup became an instant hit and is still played every four years today.
The next tournament, World Cup 2014, is set to happen in June and July in the country of Brazil. Brazil has actually hosted the tournament before, way back in 1950. However, World Cup 2014 is bound to be better than ever. With increased talent and level and play, the World Cup has become one of the most anticipated sports event in history. Since the field has not been set, it is hard to say who the favorites will be, since there has been no construction of a bracket or certainty of team participation. However, the early favorite is clearly Brazil. Historically, host teams have always had success in the tournament. Combine that with the daunting roster of Brazil, and you have a very worthy contender in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Spain will also be looking to repeat, and they sure have a good shot at doing so. They sport a young, extremely athletic team, all of whom are thirsty for another trophy. But who knows, we’d all love to see a Cinderella Story; maybe United States? The Netherlands? Only time will tell.
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