Yeah, yeah, soccer is the most popular sport in the world: we’ve heard it a million times. But cricket is also immensely popular worldwide, as is rugby, but we don’t go crazy for their championships. There’s something special about the World Cup.
Actually, there are many special things about the World Cup. Here are my Top 5 reasons why the World Cup is the best sporting event in the world.
The games might be low scoring, but you won’t find a soccer match that’s boring.
You don’t even have to fully understand soccer to enjoy watching the ball bounce from head to head, or the lightning quick passes. The scoring would simply consume Sports Center’s Top 10 plays on a nightly basis because every goal is exciting, unique, and really cool.
Disclaimer: No FIFA videogame experience required either, although some is suggested.
The World Baseball Classic isn’t spectacular, and while the Olympics are nice, most people can’t just sit there and watch every event because it gets boring after a while.
The World Cup is unique.
The countries get behind their teams more than they do for any other competition. Additionally, so much precision goes into the World Cup, on the players and coaches part. Plus, there aren’t hundreds of medals handed out at the World Cup; just one preciously cherished gold trophy.
(Side note: yes, the Olympics have Bob Costas, but that doesn’t quite put it ahead of the World Cup.)
It’s rather straightforward: no athletes are more passionate than soccer players.
They play every minute of every match like it’s their last, and savor everything. They play with heart, and wear their emotions on their sleeves. And who doesn’t love watching such passionate athletes?
If you’re a sports fan—any sport, it doesn’t matter which sport—then you need to go to a World Cup game once in your lifetime.
Any other soccer games are okay, but a World Cup match is unrivaled from a fans perspective. You can even hear the excitement on television, with all the noisemakers drowning out the announcers. The face-painted fans at the World Cup put even the best college basketball and football student sections to shame. And the stadiums are huge, which means you’re screaming your head off with a LOT of people.
The World Cub has secret powers: it can take the most disinterested soccer fan, and turn them into flag-waving, futbol junkies. The competition is incredible, the passion is in your face, and occupies most of ESPN for a month, so by the final stages, you’re bound to have some interest. Plus, the World Cup is so popular, you’ll find yourself watching, arming yourself with water cooler material.
The World Cup is going to be another epic roller coaster in 2010. Will you be on it?
(Duh, of course you will! Watching the matches is irresistible, so strap in, you’re in for a crazy ride.)