Soccer : The Beautiful Game

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The Beautiful Game Over 265 million people and more than 200 countries play soccer throughout the world, that is more than any sport. This affects the culture and society of the countries because in some places they worship this sport like America worships football, basketball, and baseball. Soccer brings the world closer, that is why the famous soccer player Pele has called it “The Beautiful Game”. The exciting sport of soccer has brought the world together, impacted United States culture, and created a huge fan base. Soccer is often considered to be a universal language, spoken around the world. “Soccer is the most globalized sport. Owners of any sporting team demand and pay for top talent from anywhere in the world.”(Top1) For much of the world soccer has long served as a form of ritual play onto which neighborhoods, tribes and even nations could project their most passionate times. Now soccer has turned into the famous game of futbol. For example, more than one billion fans tuned in to watch the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, “with the competition reaching a global in-home television audience of 3.2 billion people, according to final figures from FIFA and Kantar Media.”(Fifa1) The impressive figures are a result of intense global interest in Brazil’s second hosting of the competition, and were achieved even though many matches were broadcast during the night and early hours of the morning in Asia, which is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population.

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