The World Cup Craze

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Uncle Sam wants YOU to watch the World Cup!

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal!!!!!  That’s the sound everyone is waiting to hear around the world at this time.  It is official, the 2006 World Cup has begun.  Which team will win?  Which team will get upset?  Which player will prove his worth this year in this month long test of skill, heart and practice.  The hype which surrounds these games is incredible.  I was aware prior to coming to South America that the World Cup is viewed by more people than any other sporting event (including the Olympics), but seeing it firsthand is on another level. 

 

Restaurants, taxis, buses, hotels, market shops, schools, department stores, everybody everywhere is lining their walls with blue and white here in Argentina.

Fans across the world are showing their support for their team.
  The support of the national team is a site to behold.  I never knew how serious the sport of soccer really was.  When you see fans camp out for an entire day just to obtain tickets to an exhibition game against the under-20 team, you start to believe the rumors that you’ve heard about soccer around the world.  When our group realized that it would literally take an entire day to get to the front of that line, we decided to just buy scalped tickets. 

 

After listening to Ronaldo Hilal speak about Brazil, it is even worse in the big cities of that country.  People are even more fanatic than they are here!  He told us that they line the streets with Brazilian flags and other paraphernalia.  If what he says is true, it will truly be a site to behold.

More folks love THIS game than the NBA.
  I’m not sure which country has the most loyal and fanatic crowd, but during the World Cup everyone becomes nationalistic.  No matter where you are, what differences you might have or which government official you dislike, when your nation’s team gets on the FIFA soccer field for the World Cup, it’s your country versus the world.  Come what may, everything goes out the window and you are rooting for your team with all your might.  This is the story of what happens during each and every World Cup.

 

No matter what is going on in the country, in countries like Brazil and Argentina, soccer matches are so important that everything stops until the match is over.  Unfortunately we will be flying to Brazil during Argentina’s first World Cup match, but I’m sure most of the nation’s citizens will be indoors watching their national team.

the host nation's fans are doing it big this year
  There has been talk of bitter rivalries still arising between fans of opposing domestic clubs like River and Boca and there might be some people who will cheer for their “home” team more than the national team, but the destiny of each player usually depends on what he does in the World Cup arena.  

 

Overall, I think this World Cup for me will be the most exciting.  This will mainly be due to me being in Brazil at the time, since Brazil is one of the favorites to win the tournament.  I know it will be one that I will never forget and even if I’m from the United States and will cheer for my nation’s team, hopefully I can sit back and appreciate what soccer means to others around the world in the midst of all the commotion. 

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