World Cup should be viewed by all sports fans


Tyler Zeman, Staff Writer

Despite soccer being the world’s game and attracting 3.2 billion viewers worldwide for the 2014 World Cup, more than 65 percent of Americans do not plan to watch the tournament this year.

There are multiple reasons for this, but the main reason seems to be that the United States did not qualify for the World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago. This helped Panama qualify and it will be their debut this year.

But just because the U.S. is out does not mean American fans should skip the World Cup. There are many good teams to get behind this year.

For instance, Germany is the defending champion and is looking to repeat this year.

There’s a young Argentina team looking to give Lionel Messi his first World Cup title before his career is over. Portugal is looking to do the same with Cristiano Ronaldo before he leaves.

Fans looking for a Cinderella team need look no further than Iceland, which is coming off of an amazing run at the Euros, where they knocked out England in the round of 16, but lost to France in the quarterfinals. It is also Iceland’s debut in the World Cup.

Some Americans say the game is too slow, but that becomes understandable when considering the game’s setup. In basketball a team can go on a big run, but there’s a TV timeout and everyone gets a breather. In soccer, though, there is complete action in 45 non-stop minutes for each of the two halves.

Next, any person who argues that there are no goals in the World Cup has no clue what they are talking about. On average 2.7 goals were scored each game in 2014, and in total there were 171 goals scored across the 64 games of the tournament.

Lastly, for those who don’t know the rules, they are very simple. For example, a hand ball is called if the ball hits a player’s arm. Offsides is when a player is behind the last defender, not the goalie, and receives the ball. If worse comes to worse, fans can always look up the rules.

The World Cup starts in nine days. That’s enough for anyone to prepare.