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USA World Cup 2014 fever shows popularity of soccer is growing
telegraph ^ | 6/16/14 | J Law

Posted on 06/20/2014 8:05:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

The US has brought more fans to Brazil than any other country and this may be a genuine tipping point....

A recent ESPN poll found that among Americans aged 12-17, football was now neck and neck with baseball in terms of popularity, and well ahead of ice hockey. A Washington Times survey found that almost a third of Americans planned to watch at least some of the tournament. The New York Times has splashed the World Cup over its front page several times in recent weeks. Beneath the surface, the last four years have seen the emergence of magazines such as Howler and Eight By Eight, covering the game with the same depth and detail as any European publication.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hype; soccer; sports; worldcup2014
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Not in my world.

I have a passing interest, but only because it is going on now. I do not care about keeping up interest in the game at all.

1 posted on 06/20/2014 8:05:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Does it really matter? It’s not a zero-sum game (pun intended). If a soccer fan is created, it doesn’t mean that another sport lost a fan.


2 posted on 06/20/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SoFloFreeper

I have zero interest in soccer, no one I know has any interest in it either. In fact, we detest the damn game!


3 posted on 06/20/2014 8:07:42 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yes, it is growing.
Now more popular than arugula.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 8:08:19 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Meh, they’ve been saying the same thing for decades now.


5 posted on 06/20/2014 8:09:08 AM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I think that is the story that more and more parents are discouraging kids from playing football, because of concerns over injuries and long-term health effects, and soccer is starting to gain popularity with kids who wish to pursue it as their main sport. It is these kids that will fuel the 2018 and 2022 squads, and with better athletes choosing soccer, it won’t be long until the US is producing elite players.


6 posted on 06/20/2014 8:09:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hey, if more people want to watch soccer then more power to them. I don’t care for it but couldn’t care less if others do. I’d almost always rather go work out or run than watch sports in the first place.


7 posted on 06/20/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: 1rudeboy

Exactly. I have no interest in football but they tell me its quite popular for some reason.


8 posted on 06/20/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

It’s being hyped more, but nobody cares about soccer.


9 posted on 06/20/2014 8:09:49 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Ray76

Which country bought the most tickets for the 2014 World Cup?


10 posted on 06/20/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SoFloFreeper

The NWO has deemed soccer as the official world sport. They have a hard time selling soccer in the US because we prefer football.

That is the reason that everything is being done to destroy the game of football.

As a one world we must all have the same official sports.

Sad, but you know it is true.


11 posted on 06/20/2014 8:10:45 AM PDT by dforest
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What does the House of Rothschild have to do with soccer?


12 posted on 06/20/2014 8:11:45 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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"Sad, but you know it is true."

Yep, it's true. Or paranoid crazy talk from another conspiracy nutter on FR. One of those.

13 posted on 06/20/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: SoFloFreeper
There's a difference between people checking in on the World Cup and becoming soccer fans. For example, every four years during the Olympics, "sports" such as curling, 100 meter dash, swimming, etc. are televised and Americans watch. I doubt 99% of them ever search the TV channels in between Olympics looking to watch those "sports".

Heck, look at how many non-fans of college basketball, check in and watch March Madness. Its the event, not the sport, just like the World Cup.

14 posted on 06/20/2014 8:14:53 AM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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In fact, we detest the damn game!

Soccer is for Satan

15 posted on 06/20/2014 8:15:30 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: safeasthebanks

could also be both.....


16 posted on 06/20/2014 8:15:49 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SoFloFreeper

Last night I was torn between watching paint on my porch dry or watching the Japan-Greece nil nil duel. guess what won!


17 posted on 06/20/2014 8:15:49 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Soccer? I fart in its general direction!


18 posted on 06/20/2014 8:16:17 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles
Meh, they’ve been saying the same thing for decades now.

Yep, interest picks up around World Cup time, we hear how soccer is going to be the next big thing, the World cup ends, and then interest in Soccer quickly fades afterward.

Americans will never embrace a sport where faking an injury is a big part of the game.

19 posted on 06/20/2014 8:16:30 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: dforest

I see the left pushing soccer for the same reason they push anything else - to undermine our culture.


20 posted on 06/20/2014 8:16:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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