10 Reasons to Keep Watching the World Cup After Your Country is Out
The World Cup provides a great atmosphere for 32 nations every four years. Sadly for many nations, this atmosphere and excitement can die out soon if the country is knocked out of the tournament too early.
This can be particularly bad when the host nation leaves the competition. Many people feel this can ruin a World Cup and will stop watching the tournament.
Here are 10 basic reasons that one should continue to watch even if their country is eliminated.
1. Top Players
So your country's out, but is that any reason to stop watching other top players craft their magic to the best of their ability?
Who in their right mind turns down a chance to watch Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo rip apart defenses just because a certain team has already gone out?
2. Great Atmosphere
The atmosphere during a World Cup is unmatched. One solid month packed with all the football anyone could ask for, played by the top 32 nations in the world.
The South African atmosphere is particularly unrivaled and in four years time Brazil's World Cup will no doubt feature another awesome, carnival atmosphere.
3. New Stars
Every four years the World Cup introduces new stars, players that have the potential to change football for the next generation, players that will add spark to a team for years to come.
The World Cup is the place in which true football champions are made. Surely no one would want to miss out seeing the new generation of legends in action?
4. World Champions
The reason of the World Cup is simply to crown the new World Champions, to find the very best football nation in the world. Only seven nations have ever won the title (up until the undecided 2010 final).
That's a small handful of elite countries to have won the competition over a period of 80 years. Joining that list is the pinnacle of football.
5. World Football
North Korean football, Honduran Football and football from New Zealand may not sound like the most attractive pieces of football to be watching. However, many countries can, and will surprise.
Croatia's third place in 1998 turned more than a few heads, as did South Korea's fourth place in 2002. Even if a nation fails to particularly impress, chances are they will exhibit at least one player who makes people take notice.
The World Cup has a hugely rich history; from winners to losers, from small nations to big nations. It is every footballers dream to be a part of the rich tapestry of the World Cup, whether they end up winning or simply scoring. Any true football fan should have a respect for the World Cup that goes beyond supporting their own nation once every four years.
7. Those Football Moments/Shocks
Maradona's hand of God, Gascoigne's tears, Zidane's head butt and Geoff Hurst's controversial 1966 goal are just a few moments the World Cup has created in the past.
Each time the tournament comes around, there is at least one moment of pure brilliance or pure shock that generations of people will remember. Most World Cups in the past are remembered best for one or two particular moments. Would you want to miss out seeing the next one?
Regardless of whether you enjoy football or just put up with it, there is always a World Cup party somewhere at all times. The World Cup is an excuse (if you need one) to get together with all your friends and family and simply be social. It is one solid month of reason for social gatherings.
It would be wrong to say that football does nothing for World peace.
There is a famous story of English and German soldiers playing a game of football during the Christmas truce of World War I. Many of the soldiers became good friends over this game of football and it gave them all hope of peace during one of the worst moments in history.
Every four years during the World Cup, nations put aside their differences, people stop their fighting (99 percent of the world anyway), to simply watch a sporting spectacle that can truly change lives.
10. The Place of Dreams
Any football fan can recall, as a child, their dream of one day lifting the World Cup trophy aloft for their country.
Although, sadly, 99 percent of people never get to fulfill their dream to play in a World Cup, a small percentage do.
So regardless of who you support, the 22 players on the pitch representing their countries in the World Cup Final are all fulfilling a lifelong dream—that's special enough in itself.