FIFA World Cup x Super Bowl

There was a comment on my yesterday blog entry about the FIFA World Cup in Germany that force me to thing about the cultural differencies again. At first the comment:
 
I didn't even know the USA had a soccer team? What is this World Cup thing? Is it like the Super Bowl?
Posted by Matt Dowell (69.8.226.25) on June 12, 2006 at 09:56 PM CEST # 
(Unfortunatelly I had to delete the post entry where the comment was posted because it was duplicate of this entry)
It is unbelivable that Matt doesn't know anything about World Cup and soccer. BUT do I know anything about Super Bowl? Yes, I do, a little bit. It's in USA. It's about american footbal. BUT I'm not sure that I'm right... Isn't it funny? Lot of people thinks that anybody can understand them. Sometimes it's more difficult, sometimes you have to ask and you have to listen more to be able to understand... Can you explain me what is the Super Bowl?


Back to World Cup in Soccer
In Czech Republic we call soccer with name fotbal. I thought that it is similar to English football but wikipedia sayz something different : While it is widely believed that the word football, or "foot ball", originated in reference to the action of a foot kicking a ball, there is a rival explanation, which has it that football originally referred to a variety of games in medieval Europe, which were played on foot.


The FIFA World Cup happens every four years. The national teams from countries from all continents that pass through qualification play soccer to find the best one on the world. This year the tournament is in Germany. Now the teams are divided into 8 groups. There are 4 teams in every group. The most interested group for me is Group E - Czech Republic, Italy, Ghana, USA.
Two teams from every group will pass to "Round of 16". Then Quarter-finals, etc... Of course, it ends with finale ;)

I hope that it's now more obvious what is the more than billion of people watching every day...
Comments:

Hi Lukas, here is one American that knows what the World Cup is! Congrats on the overwhelming victory of the Czech team over USA.

Posted by Bruce on June 13, 2006 at 12:29 PM CEST #

Thank you ;) It wasn't easy victory at all

Posted by Lukas on June 14, 2006 at 04:01 AM CEST #

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