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Think Piece: FIFA World Cup

Overview

The FIFA World Cup, normally referred to as the World Cup, is an international football competition contested by the men’s national teams of Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The tournament has taken place every four years since the first championship in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, because of World War II. Presently the tournament involves 32 teams who compete for the title at venues within host nation(s) lasting about a month. This last phase is often called the World Cup Finals, and is preceded by the three year qualification phase which determines who qualifies for the tournament alongside the host nations. The World Cup exceeds the Olympic Games as the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, attracting an estimated 715.1 million people for the 2006 final.

Up until the 1950s radio existed as the foremost medium for entertaining sports fans. Radio reports were considered the premier destination for football coverage. However developing technology led to the first televised World Cup broadcasted live at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Europe’s media companies learned from the technological advances in the USA, where the first NFL Championship game was televised in 1940 and baseball’s World Series in 1948. On both continents, the events were only seen by a few viewers since the penetration of television sets was relatively low at the time. The television had not yet replaced the press and radio as a main source of information for the general public. Towards the end of the 1950s audiences became more enthusiastic about television programming and television sets became cheaper, which resulted in a significant rise in the number of sets.

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Ok I'm not as diehard of an Ultimate Frisbee fan as my title suggests, but I love the sport.

Ultimate Frisbee is a fusion of soccer and football, and it's played with a frisbee. It is definitely one of the easiest team sports to learn, probably second behind soccer (maybe further down, but I can't think of any right now). The best part? It's a hell of a fun sport to play. It has a reputation of being a laidback sport (although I wish it didn't) but is still athletically demanding.

Running back and forth on a soccer/football field is hard work. In my first game, I got the "skitch" (that painful feeling in your stomach while running). After that, I picked up running and it no longer bothered me. If I didn't rack up 25+ miles per week, Ultimate games would easily tire me out.

Another thing I love it is that you can play with only one other person if you want. You can simply throw it around, and it's not as boring as merely kicking a soccer ball with another person. You get to still run around and try new tricks, and both people can be relatively far away from each other. And, you only need a Frisbee. You don't need a basket, tennis rackets and a net, a goal, whatever.

I definitely want to continue Ultimate, and I slowly want to start being more competitive. It's currently the only team sport I play, and it's definitely amazing.

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