This is it, I suppose.
Il Coppa di Mondo, or in this year’s native language, A Copa do Mundo.
Every four years, people all over the world, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, and/or attraction to football suddenly becomes diehard football fans until after the final, where either they will decide to be proper football fans or go back into… not being a football fan.
I’m not going to talk about the Cup itself (since there’s much to discuss), but in this post I will be telling you how to not get into
anyone’s my nerves during the event. Just follow the points below and you’ll be fine:
- First and foremost, unless your local variant of English dictates that the beautiful game shall be referred to as ‘soccer’, don’t call it ‘soccer’. In non-US English, it’s ‘football’, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- If you’re genuinely uninterested in football, let alone the Cup, show that you can’t care less. Don’t force yourself to follow the Cup if you don’t want to.
- Acknowledge that the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale won’t be in the Cup because their nations didn’t qualify… but Foluwashola ‘Shola’ Ameobi is. Let that sink in for a while…
- Don’t light up flares or smoke bombs during a match. I know, I know, you’re #againstmodernfootball, but you wouldn’t burn down a public screening venue or your house, would you?
- If you’re just recently taking an interest in football, watch every game you can. If you like what you’re seeing, don’t wait another two or four years to see nations have at it again, watch a league! With clubs, tradition, history! I mean, where do you think international footballers get selected from?
NOTE: Oh, how I wish someone had told me that in my childhood.
- And lastly: FOOTBALL. Not ‘soccer’. THERE’S A BALL, YOU KICK IT WITH YOUR FEET. American football is also football - not ‘handegg’ - though it’s closer to rugby more than anything else.
Anyway. Brazil vs. Croatia coming up in a few hours, I’m guessing it’ll end in a boring 1-1 with both goals scored in the first half. Thanks for your attention.