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World Cup Ramblings

Ah, what a World Cup it has been. There have been breathtaking goals, amazing saves, breathtaking wins, and gut wrenching losses.

Do you care about soccer? Even if you don’t, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the World Cup. 

  1. The athleticism. The running, jumping, heading, sliding, crashing, colliding…so fun to watch.
  2. The drama. Seriously, it’s like a soap opera. The player meltdowns. The team rivalries (i.e. USA vs. England. We have a history, you know). The cheating. The lying.
  3. The dives.  There is nothing funnier than a grown man writhing on the ground, pretending that he dying from internal injuries because an opposing player stepped on his foot.
  4. Learn about the host country’s culture. Who knew what a vuvuzela was before the World Cup? Not me, that’s for sure.
  5. John Green, author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and vlogger extraordinaire, cares about the World Cup. Like, a lot. He even has a separate Twitter account just for World Cup related thoughts. And I don’t know about you, but I tend to care about whatever John Green cares about. I can’t help it; he’s just so convincingly enthusiastic.
  6. Goooooaaaaal! I don’t care who you are or where your sports loyalties lie, hearing that is going to make your day.

The long of the short is, the World Cup Final is Sunday, July 11 at 2:30pm. You should watch it. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you jump off the couch and yell at the TV. But mostly it will be fun.

And while you’re waiting, check out what we have in our collection:

A History of the World Cup : 1930-2006 / Clemente Angelo Lisi.

A beautiful game : the world’s greatest players and how soccer changed their lives / Tom Watt ; foreword Arsène Wenger ; introduction David Beckham.

Love and blood : at the World Cup with the footballers, fans, and freaks / Jamie Trecker.

How soccer explains the world : an unlikely theory of globalization / Franklin Foer.

The thinking fan’s guide to the World Cup / edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey.

P.S. Watching televised soccer games is all well and fine, but nothing beats actually going to a game. Did you know that Pittsburgh has a pro soccer team? Well, we do: The Pittsburgh Riverhounds. (How great of a name is that?!) If you are looking for something to do this summer, get out to Chartiers Valley High School and support your local footballers!

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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