Friday, June 20, 2014
The World Cup is back. Brazil, the country where it all began, spent over $12 billion dollars to host the biggest futbol (soccer) event in the world. As 32 countries battle each other for the next few weeks, there are many beautiful things we can look forward to such as the amazing atmosphere, cultural treasuries that Brazil has to offer, and of course the actual performance of the teams. The entire country of Brazil is behind its own national team and expects nothing but winning it all. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff welcomes all the futbol fans, “I’m certain that in the 12 host cities, visitors are going to mix with a happy, generous and hospitable people and be impressed by a nation full of natural beauty and which fights each day to become more equal.”
The United States are hoping for a good fortune after beating Ghana in the first game of the tournament. Trying to advance out of the so-called “group of death” including Germany, and Portugal, the U.S. team will have to play two perfect games in order to advance. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been working with the team for the last couple years and a great deal of improvement can be noticed as the result of his hard work. The 2014 roster is full of young promising players who will use this occasion as a great deal of experience towards the future tournaments. According to Klinsmann, “we cannot win this World Cup because we are not ready yet. For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.” Even though some fans and experts do not agree with his opinion, they will have to acknowledge the fact that Klinsmann did a phenomenal job since taking over the coaching position and that it will take time to rebuild the U.S. team.
So who is going to win the World Cup? If everything goes according to hosting nation’s plan, Brazil will win the whole tournament; however, there are also European powerhouses such as Germany and the Netherlands to consider. Either of these teams could potentially become the first European nation to ever win a World Cup in the Americas. We also cannot forget about Brazilians bitter rival Argentina; led by Lionel Messi seeking the World Cup title to complete his legacy. Regardless who wins, the next 3 weeks will give us some unforgettable moments and also some unexpected upsets. Historically, Brazil has the most World Cup titles and it would be a great moment to see the home team winning it all in front of its own crowd. Nevertheless, it would be thrilling to see the U.S. team advancing out of the group and showing the world that we are capable to win! GO TEAM USA!!!