The World Cup – Soccer, most popular sport on the planet, WHY?

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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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Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend ahead,

~ Penny

 

Leave No Doubt – Women and Men are more alike than you think!

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In my last post, clearly it was one that women relate to quicker than men. Not because of the “girly” heart shaped illustration (although that’s a part of it) but because the message was written gently about the importance of unconditional love. For most women it’s how we view things.

Men love and bond just as deeply and passionately as women but their perspective on how they view a thing (as with women) has much to do with their own natures (let’s be honest here, a lot of it is physical), the environment they grow up in and of course their subsequent experiences.

But underneath all of these obvious differences there is a “sameness“! One that gets overlooked – a lot! I mention in yesterday’s blog post that with unconditional love you should “Leave No Doubt”. Too many women can forget they have the same capability as men with their own “strength (of character)” within their hearts . A strong ability to make their point and leave no doubt.

I am showing the  following video clip from a movie to remind EVERY SINGLE WOMAN ON THE PLANET that we are as strong and capable (equal to) as any human when we set out to accomplish something, be it loving and nurturing, pursuing our own goals or freedoms, we DO have the strength (of character) – built right inside of us, just waiting for us to call on it.

No, not the physical strength (presented here in the video) but the other strength that is also shown here. The one of character and will perseverance and determination! We all (humans) have that in abundance (just waiting to be tapped into). For women, it is past due time for us to cash in on this!

While the video is aimed at and about a male sport – the lesson to learn here is for both men and women – in life’s pursuit, and don’t forget it!

Leave No Doubt!

~ Penny