World Cup Preparation Kit
With the World Cup less than a month away, fans all across the World must prepare themselves physically, and intellectually. Whether you're at the pitch, at the bar, wandering the streets wearing your country's colors... one thing is certain. You will be crossed by other soccer fans representing their country's and if you're not physically and mentally prepared, you will be ridiculed.
Once you decide to wear your country's jersey and scarf, you've declared World Cup victory to the rest of the World! Along with your declaration, you're saying that you're a Soccer Warrior and is armed and prepared to display your skills both mentally and physically. If the responsibility's too much to bear, then I recommend you follow the NFL, MLB, or the NBA. For the rest you... here's what you need to be ready.
Cleats that make a statement...
If you're going to display your colors on the pitch, then it's important to also dazzle those with your football skills as well as the boots you wear. Remember, the World Cup is the best Global Fight Club that occurs once every 4 years and accessory is extremely important.
Don't believe, ask Leo Messi who earlier today said, “I am amazed at how light the new F50 is; I can barely feel them on my feet. Speed on the pitch is a really important part of my game and wearing the world’s lightest boot will hopefully make me faster and enhance my performance during the most important games of the year!”
Official Match Ball
With the World Cup occurring once every four years, you need to demonstrate that you're a serious footballer. I recommend you and your friends invest in the official Match Ball of the 2010 World Cup. Once you have the ball, head out to the pitch to battle other teams. Along with your cleats, the ball symbolizes the pride that you have in yourself and your country during World Cup month.
The best thing about purchasing the World Cup ball is that once the event is over, you compete against your friends in a shoot-out. Winner keeps the ball and the memories of that particular World Cup. I still have my '98 World Cup ball and every time I look at it, it reminds me of the joy I had that particular Summer.
Books and More Books...
If you thought I was going to recommend you a bar, sorry to disappoint you. Along with being prepared physically, you have to be intellectually armed. Not just about your country's World Cup History but also about the rest of the World and the hosting country itself.
The first book I would recommend is Steve Bloomfield's excellent book, "Africa United." If you really wanted to see how soccer affects another country and culture, this is the book for you.
Even More Books
I have to admit that ESPN's World Cup companion is an excellent coffee table book that will not only educate you but also your friends and family who visit you. It's an easy read and some of the contents in the book are thought provoking. If you wanted to start reading up about the history of the World Cup, and you need a good visual display, his is the book for you.
Whether you're rooting for the United States National Team or not, Filip Bondy's Chasing the Game is an excellent recap of the USNT qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. In addition, this book covers the high/lows of USNT since they first competed in the very first World Cup in 1930.
Support a Cause
One thing I love about the World Cup is that it presents us the opportunity to contribute to a cause. Yes, I love watching the games. I enjoy the debates but one thing I always make a point of is to see how I can be an assistance to the hosting country. The reality is that once the World Cup is over, everything returns to normal.
The reason I do this is because it's my way of thanking the country and its citizens for being wonderful hosts. Second, it reminds me that this is only a game and the contribution I make is very much real and inspiring as the team who won the World Cup.
Enjoy the 2010 World Cup!!!
Cesar Diaz is the Soccer Editor of Latino Sports. Please send Cesar your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.