Without a doubt soccer is the world’s most popular sport. There are thousands of amateur and professional soccer teams playing it for fun or revenue. Millions of people from more than two hundred countries watch soccer on television or in stadiums every year. “Over half of the planet’s population watched the 2010 FIFA world cup final between Spain and Nederland held in South Africa”. Some soccer clubs, coaches and players are among the best known names on the planet which makes it a worldwide phenomenon. It is the popularity and the amount of participants and spectators of soccer games, its importance to each nation and how it connects people from all around the world that justifies “why soccer is called the global game”.
Futbol, football, soccer, fußball, futebol,축구, whatever name you call it, they all share the equivalence of the intangible power the sport had and still has all over the world.The World Cup is an international soccer tournament that takes place in a new country every four years. National teams of countries all over the world compete just to qualify years in advance. Nations battle to the glorious final in which if they win they are crowned as the absolute best soccer team in the whole world. The first World Cup was founded in 1930 and it took place in Uruguay. In addition during the 20th century, soccer became intertwined and impacted economically and socially (with the help of media) on a global scale as a result of the birth of the World Cup. It impacted the 20th century economically because of it’s globalization of the sport and it’s creation of the soccer business in the world wide market. It impacted socially because of it’s creation of nationalism and it’s effects on how the countries perceived themselves in this competition . How’s that for just kicking around some balls?
In almost every high school throughout the United States, there always seems to be some discontent between the members of the football and soccer teams. One is considered to be the most popular sport in the United States, while the other is deemed to be the most popular sport in the world. The former, football, has more participants at the high school and college level than any other sport in the United States. While the latter, soccer, is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Although these two sports have some significant differences, they also have more similarities than some people may realize.
Football, undoubtedly being the world’s game, has a long history of politicization. Since the dawn of the organized game, world leaders and governments have found ways to manipulate the game for their own benefit, whether it be promoting a national identity or suppressing marginalized minorities. The games immense popularity has made it an easy avenue for politicization, both by governments and by resistance groups. It has served as a means of communication, propaganda, and organization. Matthias Marschik argues “football really was non-political because the attempts at both resistance and manipulation balanced each other out.” While governments and citizens have both politicized the game, the extent is far from equal in terms of the
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Sport has always been an important factor of culture and has been used as a way to be able to identify oneself. This is especially true when it comes to Canada and hockey. Many around the world actually see hockey as being part of Canada and Canada as being part of hockey. Surprisingly however, hockey is not the number one played sport in Canada, that accolade belongs to another sport, soccer. Soccer has been played in Canada for a very long time, but only recently has it exploded in popularity. This paper will explore the reasons behind its growth that includes immigration; increase media exposure, hosting major international soccer events and also MLS expansion into Canada. Moreover, the paper will look into both national teams and look at their success’s and failures and the reasons attributed to that. Lastly, the paper will also take a look into the current research and offer suggestion for future research to be conducted.
Soccer is one of the largest sports in the world, and grosses $250 billion dollars a year. The organization know as FIFA, promotes the "shared common values that transcend culture, social division and racial differences.
Thirty-two teams, sixty-four games, eight groups of four, years of qualifying and one world champion. The World Cup is an international soccer tournament that takes place in the summer every four years. It is more than just a game to all who participate, and their fans as well “Husbands have mortgaged their homes to attend it [the World Cup] Careers are defined by it, and athletes have been murdered for making mistakes“, (Trecker 16). It is more than just the world’s biggest sporting event, it’s the biggest event period. (Trecker 6)
Mashhood, Farzad. "World Cup Shows That Sports Can Bring Together Nations." Daily Bruin. N.p., 3 May 2010. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.
I'm going to respond to the view of sport as foul and as a thing that separates people. I think that sport does not always have to be a negative thing. Sport can act as a unifier between many people around the world supporting the same team. My speech is going to show the other side of the argument.