As most of us college students prepare for finals, people all around the word are preparing for the World Cup. The people in Brazil are more than ready, not only for the tournament but for better education. Brazilians are still in riots over their politics, Education is falling more and more off the global average. Brazil has spent so much money on not only the world cup, but also the 2016 summer Olympics. Yet apparently they do not have enough money to acquire better education for their underlings. This just shows how big futbol is in south America, that it is the priority over better education. The world cup is officially 50 days away, kicking off on June 12th, just 50 days!!! I will miss the opener between Brazil and Croatia, and possibly the biggest game in the group stage, Spain vs. Netherlands because I will be working camp. Very disappointing but it will be ok. However, my main focus at this point is to be ready for finals so I can make the best GPA possible. Hopefully I will make a 3.6 this semester, which follows the same the ladder semester. If I am going to transfer to Baylor next spring, I need to transfer with a 3.7 so it will be quite close. Get excited for the World cup people, only 50 days.
During this first year of college I have learned a lot. However, ittle has been learned in a classroom desk, but most has been learned by experience. Now that my freshman year is coming to a close it is safe to say that UMHB is a great choice if you want higher Christian education. I enjoyed taking the new testament and old testament courses, and also enjoyed my Wednesdays at 11:00. Going into the fall semester of my sophomore year, I expected my course load to be much tougher, but turns out next semester is going to be awesome! I have a 12, 1, 2 o’cock on MWF consisting of business classes. Nothing on Tuesday and Thursday and an online art appreciation class. These courses along with the soccer season makes me rather excited. This summer I plan to not waste a second. From May – June I will be volunteering my time at Kanakuk, a Christian sports camp in Branson Missouri, I will also volunteer at a younglife retreat in Colorado, and travel to Bermuda with my UMHB soccer team. All these will be fun, but the majority of my excitement is that from June 12 – July 13 I will not miss a second of the FIFA World Cup. As I have said, I am rooting for Belgium, hoping that they can make a Cinderella story and shock the world. Although this will probably not happen because the soccer gods of Spain will more than likely run over everyone, which is not so bad because Spain are one of my favorites as well. The reason I write about college in this blog is to say that I am glad the world cup is during the summer rather than a semester. One of the biggest things I have learned this year is that a college student has zero time for tv if he/she wants to have a social life, and not gain the freshman 15. I am excited that school is almost over for the year, however I will miss this class.
I chosee this topic for a number of reasons. For one, ive played for as long as i can remember and I love watching games professionally. My favorite teams incliude Belgium, Spain, and of course the powerhouse of the United States. When i say powerhouse I say that jokingly of course, because the U.S is horrible. We are however, getting better each year but this world cup is definitely not going to our year. We play our first three games agaisnt Germany, whom is number 3 in the world, Portugal, who is #7 in the world, and Ghana whom we have never beaten. So basically we are screwed and will be lucky if we even score more than one goal. Belgium are full with upcoming young players that have potential to be the best in the world. And Spain of course are on the hottest hot streak there has ever been in late soccer history. Spain won the 2008 European Cup, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the 2012 European Cup. It is safe to say they are the favorites facing Brazil and Germany. My hope for this world cup is that belgium will make the final four and that the final will bring an amazing show with the spaniards victorious. That is why i chose this topic, because of the adrenaline this one month creates.
In this article I will talk about why the FIFA World cup came to be, and why it is the #1 watched event in the world. FIFA was founded in 1904 in France, standing for Federation Internationale de Football Association. The need for this organization became apparent to the leaders of the soccer world in the late 20th century. Immediately Spain, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, France, and Belgium joined the association. Ever since, Fifa has grown into the most notable sport association in the world. Headquartered in Zurich, FIFA has six subordinate football associations, one for each continent. The board of FIFA enforces the laws , rules, and punishment from the teams involved to the fans. As I said in my previous account the FIFA World Cup began in 1930. Its reasoning during its inaugural opening almost resembled the reasoning behind the Olympic Games. To unite the many nations of the world through competition and create peace through their competitiveness, just replace “games” with only futbol; and the best 32 at that. Another reason behind the creation of the World Cup was of course the economics behind it. As I have talked about before, the World Cup generates a ridiculous amount of revenue. However, the cost to build for this enormous tournament is also incredibly expensive, making the profit not as much as it could be. The world cup is the #1 event watched in the world every four years. The final doubles the amount of viewers the Super Bowl and the Oscars brings combined. And the amount of viewers within the one month of the world cup is incomparable. Why is that? it is because soccer (football) is the most prevalent sport in the world, it is the sport of the common people. We can conclude that the answer to the question I posed in the title is that FIFA successfully brings together the many nations of the world while also creating an economic whirlwind.