Has the U.S. caught futbol fever?
Low-grade perhaps, on the verge of erupting into something bigger. That would be nice, but the severity of such malady depends on the team’s performance.
I grew up in E. Europe where futbol is a big. No, it’s huge. And during the European Cup or the World Cup, futbol is everything and everywhere. But not so in the U.S, or at least not in the previous World Cups.
The main complaint I hear goes something like this: it takes forever to score, and some games (the entire 90+ minutes) end without a goal. Booooring!
I guess that’s not the only complaint. You can’t blame the fans of a team that keeps getting eliminated in the first round. Sure we made it to Elite 8 once, but that’s because many European countries didn’t show up given the Bosnian war at the time.
But this year, the U.S. team advances, even with a loss against Germany (the technicalities of points put the U.S. team ahead of Ghana and Portugal, both eliminated).
The best thing coming out of this? The fans are going crazy. And I’m shaking my head, still unable to believe futbol fever (however low-grade-ish) has finally reached America!
Say what? Folks eschewing work in favor of the game?
Image courtesy: Tall Wanderer; fifa.com