It’s was no surprise that the momentum took place and heated up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. This particular tournament is the world’s largest and most-watched sporting event with 30 billion viewers over the course of the event. From a business standpoint, it’s the most important platform for sporting goods companies to market their brands. Brands are appealing to boost their profile and sales by tapping into the passion surrounding the World Cup, but while some are official sponsors, others are just benefiting from any desirable side effect. Football was a game played between two teams of 11 players each, 10 field players and a goalkeeper per team.
It just goes to show you that soccer is getting more and more popular. In 1930, 434,500 people attended the World Cup and in 1994 there were over 3.5 million people who attended that World Cup. All in all, soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
It happens once every four years, 32 countries, 352 players, 150 staff and millions of fans. That is the World Cup, thirty two nations will come together as one to support their country, tears will be shed, hearts will be broken, and spirits will be lifted as the nations battle it out for the trophy. The World Cup is truly the biggest sporting event in the world, not only by the fact that it has the most viewers, but also by the amount of money put towards hosting the match stadiums, ticket purchases, and merchandise purchases. According to The Fédération Internationale de Football Association A.K.A FIFA, the World Cup in 2010 hosted in South Africa had in-home television coverage of the competition reached above 3.2 billion! That is 46.4 percent of the global population; This was an eight percent increase on the number of viewers recorded during the 2006 FIFA World Cup hosted in Germany (FIFA).
Every year, millions of viewers from around the world tune in to watch one of the most exhilarating events in sports unfold--the Super Bowl. The one-game, winner-take-all contest for supremacy in the National Football League has grown into more than just a football game opposing the best teams of the NFL. It has become the premier event for new television advertising. With half of the ten, all-time most watched television events having been Super Bowls; networks are able to sell precious seconds of airtime to large companies for millions of dollars. As we move into the 21st century, publicity for the game’s commercials has come to rival that of the game itself.
In recent months Brazil has been busy preparing to host the tournament in twelve brand new stadiums around the nation. The World Cup will cost Brazil an estimated fourteen billion dollars, an amount that continues to increase as plans for the tournament become more elaborate. The amount of money the country will be spending on the tournament angers many of the nation’s citizens. Protests have become a daily occurrence in Brazil as citizens rally against the construction of stadiums and the arrangement of the expensive tournament. It has been argued that hosting the World Cup will benefit Brazil’s businesses and economy; however, the upper class will profit from the publicity of the games, not the thirty-five percent of the population living under the poverty level.
Since then the World Cup has been hosted every four year in different countries apart from during World War 2 and there have been 17 World Cups. Since the 30s football has became the world's most popular sport and with the introduction of commercial air flight, motorcars and the global T.V network it has become an important source of revenue. In 1994 the World Cup was hosted in the USA and a record 3,587,530 people watched it live. Since the 1986 World Cup held in Mexico the total attendance had begun to rise to over 2 million live viewers a World Cup. This would result in host countries gaining massive revenue from ticket sales and money received from the T.V companies broadcasting the match.
My favorite sport is association football, best known as soccer, is the most popular sport in the world that requires few elements to be played and is highly acclaimed. It is played around the world in a lot of countries and has big amounts of fans. It consists of eleven players on each side of the field, trying to get the ball to the opposing goal by crossing through the counter team by maneuvering the ball or performing a series of passes to get to the goal and score. Famous teams and players are widely recognized all over the world and most of them face in tournaments, which the best are the FIFA world cup for national teams and the UEFA champions league for club leagues. Soccer in United States is not very popular, and recently was conceived as a professional sport, with his biggest league, the Major League Soccer.
Sir Alex Ferguson currently managing Manchester United, where he has been in charge since 1986, has had a direct and clearly visible influence on the performance of the team and hence the achievements of the football club. With 23 years as manager of Manchester United, Ferguson has won many awards and holds many records including winning Manager of the Year most times in British football history. In 2008, he became the third British manager to win the European Cup on more than one occasion. The performances of the team aren’t dissimilar to that of the manger earning Manchester United FC the right to called one of the most successful in the history of English football. So is a football manger directly responsible for the performance of the team?
The annual Super Bowl has become late-twentieth-century America's single-greatest televised sporting event—indeed, its single-greatest television event, period, with workplace water-cooler talk the following Monday as likely to concern the new advertisements debuted in 30-second, one-million-dollar advertising slots as on the game itself. Like the Thanksgiving Day college games in New York during the 1890s, football today is as much a spectacle as a sporting event. Football is not just a televised marketing and entertainment vehicle, however. While it trails other sports as a recreational activity for youths and adults, football is the cornerstone of extracurricular life at high schools nationwide as well as college. In some areas, local "football fever" is so prominent that entire communities' identities seem to be wrapped up in the local football teams—places like Stark County, Ohio, where the legendary Massillon High School Tigers draw more than 100,000 spectators per year, or Midland-Odessa, Texas, where the annual Permian-Lee rivalry draws more than 20,000 partisans.
Goal Line technology is coming into play to assist the referees because there has been a lot of controversy in allowing goals. In the 2010 world cup Frank Lampard took a shot against Germany and the replays showed that the entire ball crossed the line but the refs said it didn’t, and since the refs can’t review plays like they do in other sports England wasn’t allowed a goal. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world played in every country whether its a professional team or kids playing against each other in the streets. Soccer has come a long way since its founding and is still expanding, especially here in the United States where we are becoming a better team every year.