Philipp Lahm, Full Back/Defensive Midfielder, considered by many to be one of the best full backs of his generation, and was included in the World Cup team of the tournament in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and the UEFA Team of the Tournament in 2008 and 2012 and in the UEFA Team of the Year 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Although Lahm is right-footed, he is able to play on both sides of the pitch, due to his tactical intelligence and versatility. He often cuts from the flank to the inside of the pitch to either shoot and/or pass. In particular, he is renowned for his pace, technique, stamina, and precise tackling abilities, as well as his small stature, which earned him the nickname the “Magic Dwarf”.
In the 2006 World Cup match between Portugal and The Netherlands, there were 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards in the 90 minute game. The referees averaged a card approximately every 5 ½ minutes! The game holds the record for cards shown at any FIFA-administered international tournament. The dirtiest World Cup match barely finished 1-0, and is known as the “Battle of Nuremburg.”
The Guardian put together 25 beautiful photographs of the World Cup, featuring iconic moments like Maradona’s hand of god and Paul Gascoigne crying, as well as gorgeous black-and-white shots of Pelé looping around the keeper and the North Korean team in 1966. Some of these might be familiar; others might remind you of a different time in football (one where, apparently, England was good enough to win the World Cup).
and I’m referring to actual football (aka soccer).
1. You learn new things - it’s hard to judge how famous someone/something is in another country, so needless to say I was shocked when I saw today (thanks youtube) that Mats Hummels is in commercials????? I was so surprised like I had no idea he had been in one, let alone like tons??
2. If you run into footballers on vacation in the US, you can be quite confident no one else will recognize them
3. No one in your family can even name 3 European football teams so rest assured no family arguments at holidays about whose team is better
4. Football is always on early in the morning or very early afternoon. (I literally cannot imagine watching live football in the evening - mind blown). this leaves the rest of your day free…
5. You could literally support rival teams and no one would know the difference. I could support Liverpool and United, or Real and Barca and no one would think anything of it.
6. You get to watch amused when the World Cup comes around as people around you discover soccer and soccer players and (coincidently) how handsome they are - have you heard of this guy like named ronaldo? - all while you’re gagging inside at the mention of his name. (But it is gonna be funny to watch the US discover Pulisic next summer…)
That’s all I can think of for now - maybe I’ll make a disadvantages post sometime??