2014 World Cup Begins This Week in Brazil!

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!

Soccer: [sok-er]

noun

a form of football played between two teams of 11 players, in which the ball may be advanced by kicking or by bouncing it off any part of the body but the arms and hands, except in the case of the goalkeepers, who may use their hands to catch, carry, throw, or stop the ball.
1890–95; (As)soc(iation football)  + er7

 

Yes, this week we’re discussing “soccer.” To say were “discussing” soccer really isn’t vague enough for what we’re doing, though. It’s more like here are some random interesting facts related to soccer and the World Cup which kicks off Thursday afternoon.
For example, if you’re interested in a quick history of why Americans say soccer read this brief history from Paul Gerald, a “breakfast guy:
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.””
If you’re curious as to where the English slang developed, give this note from the Notes&Queries section of the Guardian a quick read. Hint: (As)soc(iation football) + er= soccer.
Ah, linguistic history and sports. The odd couple of every accounting blog.

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.

 

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