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World Cup

From June 9th to July 9th football teams from 32 nations will vie for the world’s biggest sports prize: the FIFA World Cup. This quadrennial event is more important and followed by more people than any other sports series, even though it is almost totally ignored in the United States.

If you have an interest you can follow action at the FIFA site, Reuters, the BBC, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

The American media might deign to post an occasional story, but ignore them: they don’t understand the sport, or its importance.


1 oldwhitelady { 06.06.06 at 7:33 pm }

All I know is that soccor was a lot of fun to play. I don’t have cable so won’t be watching.

2 Bryan { 06.06.06 at 9:54 pm }

That’s all it needs to be. Around here it’s too organized, there’s not enough time spent just playing. Parents have spoiled the development of great players by making kids play with the coach’s style rather than finding their own.

3 Karen { 06.07.06 at 12:58 pm }

I am wondering the genesis of “weltmeisterschaft” and if that means World- something tournament?


4 Bryan { 06.07.06 at 3:07 pm }

…championship from champion/master [meister].

5 cat daddy and dr. squeeky { 06.07.06 at 6:53 pm }

Univision and its affiliates (Telefutura and Galavision), the Spanish speaking network, is broadcasting EVERY game (drool, drool, drool). Okay, it’ll be in Spanish, but let me tell you, they speak with a lot more emotion than American commentators… Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you can enjoy the game and, in particular, the 75 second GOAL yell one of the guys makes whenever there’s a score… But, anyway, I don’t really like soccer…

6 Bryan { 06.07.06 at 9:50 pm }

I have to avoid even listening because my biggest client is finishing the annual rush to finish a major project that occurs every June, and year to year they forget how to do it, so I spend a lot of time on the phone.

In addition to the US, I have ties to the English, German, Swiss, and Dutch teams Through my grandparents. I would hate to back any one and put up with the ghosts of the others bugging me.

Locally, the biggest parties are for the Korean team.