The World Cup is just around the corner! Yet, the United States Men’s National Team’s absence in the tournament means most Americans will not be watching. However, there are several reasons to love football even if your team sucks. Here is why:
1) The Players
There are some major stars/celebrities in the world of Soccer! Messi, Ronaldo, Wayne Roonye, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller, Suarez and a few other players poached away from poorer clubs by the European powers. Every year, they disappoint fans by not living up to their ridiculous hundred million dollar salaries or by boting for the English Premier League.
2) The International Aspect
Soccer is a worldwide drama like no other! Especially when players, coaches and fans unite behind their country’s World Cup bid. They play hard for little or no pay while FIFA reaps in the benefits of a worldwide television audience. But hey, if one player does good enough as an individual team and gets enough notice – he might get to sign with Real Madrid for big bucks!
3) All the damn tournaments
The endless tournaments amongst clubs (say for instance, in German, you have three sets of all the country’s clubs in a league (known as the Bundesliga) split into tiers – each season teams can advance into a higher tier or be relegated. The top three compete in the Champions League, the next three in the Europa League.
The Champions League involves clubs from all of the European countries. This is the most prestige cup in most continents (next being league, then the all out country tournament). Well, there is also a club world cup but who cares about that one.
There are also tournamnets within each country that are not related to the league itself (DFB-Pokal in Germany). It’s a giant tournament with every single club, which is the second most important title (just in that country). The winner of that cup also plays the winner of the Bundesliga for some fucking reason… and so on in every other country. It’s like 50 non-stop Superbowls!
4) Brings the Office Together
5-41) The Fans