Babies play. It´s beautiful to observe when our small beloved ones start to walk, and when they find a ball. Doesn´t matter if a girl or a boy - the ball is a toy that everybody loves. Which brings us to a topic called soccer/football.
This week football fever is spreading across the globe, and all of us at Charlie Banana are excited too. Tomorrow starts soccer FIFA World Cup (men's) in Russia.
And yes, America, there is a sporting event that’s bigger and more popular than the Super Bowl. It’s called the Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cup. To the rest of the world, this FIFA event is the only true football championship — the Super Bowl of soccer.
Although the NFL and the Super Bowl continue to hold the top ratings spot in the U.S., overall World Cup viewership dwarfs that of American football. During the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, more than one billion people tuned in to see Germany knock off Argentina. Of those viewers, 695 million watched at least 20 consecutive minutes. By comparison, the most-watched Super Bowl was the 2015 matchup between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. That game drew 114.4 million viewers in the U.S., and an estimated 30-50 million internationally.
The United States men’s team has missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup and for the millions of soccer fans in the US, this World Cup just won't be the same without the red, white and blue to cheer for. But no sports fan can miss the greatest spectacle in the world, the one that we are gifted with just once every four years.
So perhaps it is time for USA fans to change their allegiance just for the summer and support a team that will be playing at the cup. Besides many of us would definitely like to see the best looking soccer players of the world, such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) and others.