The FIFA World Cup, soccer’s month – long premier international tournament, comes once every four years. And this year, it’s brought the party.
This years World Cup is being hosted in Russia, all over Russia.
Games are being played in cities such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi, to name a few. In total there are 11 cities hosting games.
But one country that will not be represented in any of those 11 cities is the United States of America.
The last time the U.S. failed to qualify for a World Cup was 1986, so not qualifying for this year’s tournament has been seen as somewhat of a disaster.
It has forced a lot of high up U.S. soccer executives to re – evaluate the way American players are developed from a young age.
A lot of American supporters were then posed with the question of whether or not they should watch the World Cup or not.
The answer to that question, based on the first few weeks of the tournament, is a resounding yes: American fans should be tuning in to this year’s World Cup.
And this year’s tournament is rare in the fact that it isn’t only appealing to soccer fans, but to any one that is looking to be thoroughly entertained.
This World Cup has been brimming not only with quality displays of the beautiful game, but also with drama, dozens of underlying storylines behind games and history.
This tournament has been graced by two of the best players of all time: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
These are two players that held the weight of their entire country on their shoulders.
Two players that were expected to carry their teams to the end but who both fell short and experienced heartbreak unlike any other: The feeling of letting the people of their countries down.
There have also been uplifting underdog stories through the likes of Peru and Iceland, Panama and Sweden.
These are countries that don’t often experience the sporting euphoria that comes with competing in a World Cup, but that have found success through hard work and team unity.
The teams remaining in the World Cup are France, Belgium, Croatia and England.
The remaining games can be found on Fox and Fox Sports 1 and the World Cup Final will be played on Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m.
This tournament has proven not only to be for soccer fans but also for anyone that enjoys true, live entertainment and drama, especially in the form of the world’s most popular sport.