Football. Futbol. Voetbal. Futebol. Fußball. Fotboll. Calcio, Soccer. Whatever name you choose to call it, Soccer is truly a global game. The world’s most popular sport, played in every corner of our planet.
Why? One reason is that for the many hundreds of millions of people around the world, it is the ultimate cultural expression. “The Universal language that we speak with different accents,” Tim Vickery, a Rio-based soccer journalist stated. “A patriotic act, cheering on their team, because it is their country and their people being represented in the eyes of the rest of the world.”
“The World Cup is the biggest sports event in the world because soccer itself is the most popular sport in the world, and it’s the most popular sport in the world because it’s the simplest sport,” offered Paddy Agnew, a Rome-based soccer reporter for World Soccer magazine.
The simplicity to soccer is it’s greatest asset – it is more accessible than other sports to average fans.
Another reason why is: Soccer is the great economic equalizer, used by some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Pele and Diego Maradona, to escape abject poverty. Many consider It the language of the world, removing all obstacles and boundaries. And that is a very nice and good thing for our people on our planet.
“In today’s very fragmented media society, the World Cup is one of the last massive events where you know entire nations are watching at the same time.” Raphael Honigstein, a soccer journalist for The Guardian newspaper.
“The passion in each country for its team and what it means to all the people to see their team play at the World Cup, makes the World Cup unique and so special,” Former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley.
ENGLAND may have been the nation that brought football (soccer) to the world, But the origins of football / soccer can be found in every corner of geography and history. The Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Ancient Greek, Persian, Viking, and many more played a ball game long before our era. The Chinese played “football” games date as far back as 3000 years ago. The Ancient Greeks and the Roman used football games to sharpen warriors for battle. In south and Central America a game called “Tlatchi” once flourished. But it was in England that soccer / football really begin to take shape. It all started in 1863 in England, when the first Football (Soccer) Association was founded.
So … for that one month, every four years, the world stops when the World Cup is on.
Today, 736 of the world’s best soccer players have descended upon the beautiful country of Brazil. Thirty-two nations are set to do battle for the 36 centimetre, 18 carat gold, Fifa World Cup Trophy, the biggest prize in international soccer.
This evening the 2014 World Cup is due to kick off as hosts Brazil take on Croatia.
For the passion, the hope and expectation produced by hundreds of millions of fans, for the athlete fervor and passion created by some of the best athletes in the world, I end with a few of Soccer’s most popular sayings –
“Blood,Sweat and Tears, go after your Goals!”
“Your a team above all, above all a team”
“Futball, the beautiful game”
“Teamwork makes the dream work!”
“Soccer, Live it and Love it!”
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