Update 7/10/14: Argentina and Germany will compete Sunday in the World Cup final. After Germany’s thorough 7-1 victory over Brazil in the quarterfinal, which didn’t necessarily send an entire nation into psychological tailspin, many are predicting Germany will take home the FIFA World Cup trophy. Apparently, so is Cortana–Microsoft’s Siri equivalent and 9 year old Nathaniel Hill from Queens. We know, we know all of this sounds a bit strange, but hey it’s the Internet!
“Over in America during [the late 19th century], … in rugby football they were starting to throw the ball forwards and do all sorts of other things, leading to a new game they called American Football. But this was confusing people with Association Football [present day soccer], so they adopted the English slang “soccer” for the latter in about 1920s, and started calling the game where they hardly ever kick it “football.””
As we mentioned, furthermore, Thursday kicks off the World Cup … The first game should be a good one considering tournament favorite Brazil is playing, and will be taking on Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Brazil’s second city of São Paulo, which is rioting like crazy, actually.
The American team arrived in Sao Paulo yesterday and next week will begin play in “the group of death” attempting to battle their way out of an intensely difficult group that includes Germany and Portugal–both of whom have legitimate shots to win the entire tournament–along with Ghana, a good African side that has earned a reputation as destroyer of the American dream. Go USA!
If you’re curious to see all of the World Cup’s drama play out like daytime TV, here’s the television schedule for the entire tournament. You’re welcome.
Be sure to catch a game or two … the tournament only comes around once every 4 years, after all. On the other hand, we’ll be back next week with updates, and we’ll tell you all about it. In any event, stay tuned.