At 7/3/10 02:57 PM, MrPercie wrote:
sorta off/on topic question, since when did more of the world become intrested in fifa? or were they always intrested?
Because im sure the people who cared the most were the south americans (brazil, argentina), Europeans (germans, england, spain). There were the odd north american's, african and asian nations that cared but those two cared most I thought.
Now it seems the hole world is really interested in Fifa like it was the Olympics. or has this always been so and im just talking about the countries that usually win or get near the end and not the countries that lose at the first set.
For Africa, it could be a relief thing for many fans, like it was at moments with certain Eastern Bloc teams during the Cold War. African support is usually intensely enthusiastic, and this tournament has pretty much shown that. Hey, the motivation to get an African World Cup was due to the immense impact of African players in recent football history, among other things. In short, the case many've been at one time that African teams were jokes. Now everyone knows that many nations are much better than that.
For Asia, the 2002 World Cup probably helped, but teams like South Korea and Japan have genuine, appreciatable talent too. Football is also marketed a lot in China. A Chinese housemate I had was telling me how the guys in China drool over highly-marketed teams like Manchester United. A colleague of my Dad's, who was on a business trip there recently, said that loads and loads of people were watching the games, despite China not being in the tournament.
But essentially, it's quite easy to set up and stick to one thing support-wise. It's picked up easily by fans, wheras the Olympics are mix and match, but yeah.
0-0 at half-time. Paraguay had an offside goal! Ugh, that one offside rule confuses me to no end. Spain are surprised I think. Thanks for setting the idea up for me Lee Dixon.