i’m really excited…


what started my excitement was this.

then i saw this.

yes, it’s the World Cup.

i enjoy Soccer (or futbol as it’s called in the rest of the world) in 2006 i watched many of the WC games.  there was this amazing national fervor from the teams competing that i found fascinating.  one of my favorite things was during the pregame introductions when the teams(and the crowds) would sing their national anthems.  amazing.

(side note: i think it’s a shame that American athletes in international competitions rarely sing the Star Spangled Banner.  that should be required homework to be on the national teams.  i’m not a zealous flag waving patriot, but if you are going to represent my school or my country, you’d better know the song)

i’m hoping to watch at least a game or maybe even two with my good buddy Kit Taupin.  Kit will be rooting for his beloved English Footballers, while i of course will be pulling for Team USA.  in our discussions about soccer, terminology often comes up that maybe would be confusing for the casual American soccer fan, so i thought i would include some European (British) soccer terms so that we all might understand better.

kit=uniform

pitch=the field

footy=soccer

match=game

club=team

keeper=goalie

boots=soccer cleats

striker=forward

middy=midfield

back=defender

side=team

treble=winning 3 trophies in one season.

and speaking of  “treble’s”, here is a short video of Argentinian star Milito scoring the two goals in Inter-Milan’s UEFA Cup win over Bayern-Munich.  enjoy,  especially the “Goooooooooooaaaaaaaallllllll!!”

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5 comments

  1. I’m with you – I love the aspect of each country joining together to cheer for their nation. Other than the Olympics, which doesn’t really compare to the World Cup, the U.S. doesn’t really come together to cheer for their country.

  2. Its a passion around the world. The closest thing to compare it to here would probably be college football but even still nothing compare sto a BIG match where both sides fans are sing and creating an enviroment that is second to none. if you ever get the the chance atch a game between two Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers. Both from Glasgow, one Catholic and one Protestant. Talk about passion!! Looking fowrad to the game June 11th between our two teams and by the way outside of that one game I am rooting for the Yanks! (unless they meet again at a later stage!) Iam planning my days off at the moment around the games I want to watch live but will be taping and watching all!!

    1. have you found a place to watch games in the Woodlands? certainly there is a “fake” pub somewhere around there. i know Lochrann’s up in Frisco has huge watching parties. maybe you should turn Sycamores (minus the pints of Guiness) into a venue eh?

    1. i would love to come to South Africa regardless of World Cup. it’s one of those places so full of history and life that i am compelled to visit there. someday. thanks for the comment.

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