The Sport of Soccer is Celebrated as a Worldwide Sensation

By: Ray La Foy

The popularity of soccer should not be discounted. This fast-paced and fun game is loved the world over and its fans are loyal and many. Although not necessarily an all out American favorite, World Cup activity shows just how strong the following is for this sport. There is perhaps no other sport that captures the attention of people around the globe more readily than soccer.

Those who love soccer will find when the World Cup rolls around, celebration on an international scale is in the air. Literally dozens of countries from all over the world send their best teams forward to compete in the cup. With contenders coming from all over Europe, Central and South America and even America itself, this sport is truly an international pastime. Playing in the cup and performing well is a source of pride for many countries. In fact, in some parts of the world, the big games are reason for national celebration.

The frenzy that surrounds the World Cup can be evidenced in the number of commemorative items created for the big event. From T-shirts to video games, when the World Cup logo is included, the item's a sure seller. Every country and every team has its own commemorative items as do the big international games themselves.

But why is soccer so loved on the international scene? It's simple: It's an old game that requires lots of skill, but it's fast-paced enough to be a blast not only to play, but also to watch. A mix of hockey and football with a twist or two of its own, this sport requires agility, endurance and skill to play and master. Its fans appreciate that and they seem to appreciate their teams even more. Soccer commands a passion that few sporting events can boast. Inasmuch, collectibles are a very big deal.

Collectibles that have grown up around the sport include:

* Stamps. Many nations that participate in the World Cup create their own commemorative stamps to celebrate the event. These stamps are generally postage, but such things as kids' stickers and stamps are also available.

* Coasters. World Cup watching and frosty beverages seem to go hand in hand. Inasmuch, World Cup coasters are ideal for soccer watching parties.

* T-shirts, jackets and other articles of clothing. Whether they just tout the World Cup logo or advertise a favorite team, these are hot items for celebrating the games.

* Video games. There are officially sanctioned video games that enable players to take on the control of their favorite teams. Gamers can lead their country's team to victory on the playing field. Their popularity is wildly high.

* Collector's pins. These are a mainstay with almost every major sporting event and the World Cup is no different.

A worldwide sensation that draws very likely more passion from fans than even the Olympics, soccer is a big deal to many countries. Its fans are so avid about watching their teams perform on the field that streaming video is even available on the Internet along with live action viewing of every game in the series. Soccer is just one of those sports that brings out international pride.

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