Mirando el Mundial

The teacher had an emergency for the 1 o’clock class and the Netherlands was playing Denmark at 1:30.  We decided to honor our Spanish class by watching and discussing the game in Spanish.  The Students from Saudi Arabia, Italy and the U.S. (me) moved from watching the game on my MacBook to the cafeteria where it did not take much convincing of the Argentinean controller of the remote to turn off the hockey game.  This is the world of Mundial! We came from different countries, spoke different languages, but shared a love for “the beautiful game.”US goal

Soccer (fútbol) is the most popular sport in the world and the World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. None of us had a team playing, but we “ooohhh” and “aaahhhh” with every on-goal or blocked shot. We called the fouls the referees seemed to miss. We shared “Akti”, “café”, and “te” since SLU does not serve “cerveza” on campus (only a university from the US would engage in this oversight).

The Super bowl is the closest thing the US has to the World Cup.  But, the Super bowl does not offer the opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds to come together to share in the camaraderie that is possible with international fútbol. I am going to enjoy this brief moment of unity and bask in the glow that comes from being in contact with follow human beings that share an interest and love of the sport…at least until the US plays their team, then all bets are off.

Published in: on June 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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