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How Soccer Explains the World. by tucsonmike on 26 November 2005 3:02am
I bought this book in Borders by Washington Post Reporter Franklin Foer. It's theme is how Soccer is spreading globalization. He needs to explain his last chapter more on why Soccer didn't take off in the United States more. I found it interesting, though. I would have thought Basketball could be put in the same boat.
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by jane_whittingham on 26 November 2005 9:11am
Hmm...yah, soccer is pretty much a non-entity here in Canada, except during the World Cup, but even then there's no Canadian representation, we just cheer on other countries! 'Course basketball isn't big here either, we only have one team, and I don't think they're very good...
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by George on 26 November 2005 8:57pm
I love to read books like this, Mike.

What amazes me about the 'globalization' of soccer is that, in World Cup play, everyone can agree on a single set of rules. For example, England, Germany, Egypt, etc. all have the same rules.

Professional soccer, such as it in this country, can be traced to the 1966 World Cup final which got incredibly high ratings on television. Since then, professional basketball has become a major sport while soccer hasn't. To me, the reason is, basketball has much better promotion all around. Nothing else.

We've had a number of professional soccer franchises come and go through the years. The owners of the teams have always wanted to do things "on the cheap". The hispanic population here, which is very discriminating when it come to soccer, has always recognised this, and won't support the team. They'll wait for a Mexican League team, like Pachuca, to come play an exhibition game here and then turn out in droves.
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by leehicklin on 3 December 2005 12:46am
How big is the World Cup in North America guys?

It's even bigger than the Olympics for tv viewers worldwide!

And it's FOOTBALL, not SOCCER!

Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by tucsonmike on 3 December 2005 5:42am
I don't know, I'll watch the World Cup. We have to call it Soccer to distinguish it from American (or Canadian) football.

A site I found on playing styles.

Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by jane_whittingham on 12 December 2005 7:45am
world cup is pretty big, but mostly because canada is a country of immigrants and we're all cheering on the country of our ancestry! especially because canada *never* makes it into any level of the world cup..we can win the olympic gold for hockey, but we can't even qualify in soccer! the rest of the time, soccer - er- football isn't very big here at all. Funny that we call it soccer, eh? football makes much more sense...
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by Tauriel on 12 December 2005 12:35pm
I usually refuse to call it "soccer", because it IS the ONE AND ORIGINAL "football". ;-) Besides, American football is hardly played with feet, so why do they call it football at all? Should be rather "rugby with armour"... :-D ;-)
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by leehicklin on 12 December 2005 1:05pm
Tauriel, I love you.
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by George on 12 December 2005 8:57pm
World Cup is not nearly as big here in the US for several reasons. First, it is assumed we have no chance of winning, very few of the players are well known, and the sport is just as not as popular here as it is in much of the world.

When we hosted the World Cup we had tremendous crowds for most of the games, in fact, the largest in Cup history. I feel that was misleading. Most of our professional teams, which draw much smaller crowds, would much prefer to play in small, intimate stadiums and not be overwhelmed by the large numbers of empty seats in places which hold say, 65,000. The tickets for our American football games are astronomical in any context while soocer game tickets are "family" priced, so the numbers are almost irrelevent.

Personally, I love the sport and the passion it brings out in people. I subscribe to one of the English Premiership websites. But, since I grew up with American football, it just doesn't have the same thrill. Hopefully, the next generation here will be more receptive to the "World's Most Popular Sport".
Re: How Soccer Explains the World. by tucsonmike on 13 December 2005 2:52am
LOL! Maria! Touche!

Rugby with armor! That's a good way of putting it OUCH!, the armored rugby knee just acted up!

George you may be right. Enought American kids play soccer so the next generation may really get into it. Sort of the way the rest of the world is changing basketball.
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