Embracing World Cup For The Rest Of Us:Why This Global Game Should Matter For Americans, TooRead Now
Pictured above are Lionel Messa (Argentina) and Thomas Mueller (Germany). They will headline the upcoming World Cup Finals on Sunday July 13th when Argentina and Germany battle for the golden cup.
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If you could care less about the World Cup, you should listen to today’s show. I hope to bend your ear long enough to help you understand why this game has captured the hearts and souls of people around the world...and is leaving room for Americans to join the celebration.
I have embraced the game because it is such a strong representation of the multicultural values I so deeply desire for all of us. It is not a perfect sport...in fact there aren’t any perfect sports in the world. But there’s something about Futbol...or Soccer as we call it here in the US...that expands your thinking about team dynamics and national pride.
Bring your contrarian thoughts and anti-World Cup views to this show and let the debates begin!
For More World Cup Information, Visit www.fifa.com
WORLD CUP FACTS
The World Cup Games are played every 4 years.
2014 World Cup is held in Brazil and played at various stadiums around the country.
Number of Countries playing in the 2014 World Cup Games: 32 Including the host country, Brazil (Brasil)
Number of Games Played: 64: Qualifying, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals/Knock Out Round, Third Place, Finals
First World Cup: 1930 in Uruguay (South America)
Number of Cities Since its beginning: 20
1942 and 1942: World Cup Games were CANCELLED due to World War II
Year The World Cup Was Played in the United States: 1994 (And I went to one of the games!)
Last World Cup Games: South Africa in 2010
Winner of the 2010 Netherlands - Spain Finals: Spain
2018 World Cup Host City: Russia
2022 World Cup Host City: Qutar (Middle East)
Cities Hosting the 2014 World Cup Games In Brazil: (See Image Below)
FIFA: The organization overseeing the World Cup Games
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 209 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football. FIFA employs some 310 people from over 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee).
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