Today the 2006 World Cup Soccer tournament starts, in case you’re dead and haven’t noticed. The news of it is everywhere, but why? I don’t remember this event garnering so much publicity last or previous years. Well, I discovered today that the championship occurs only every four years. Also, 32 countries are participating, and they’re being played in 12 or so stadiums all across Germany.
Another interesting aspect of this soccer stuff: despite the Canadian team not being involved (we’re rated 83, according to, which isn’t good enough to be in the tournament), every male Canadian has a favorite. Except me. Soccer bores me silly, like most other sports.
CBC’s The Hour had an interesting segment about it last night, asking soccer fans about their favorites and, more interestingly, if they’d support the Canadian team if they were playing; most said No, favoring their native country (if they were immigrants) or traditional favorite, like England. The conclusion: Canada simply doesn’t have a soccer identity, unlike hockey or curling. I suspect it’s because Canada’s team sucks (from what I’ve read; again, I don’t follow soccer).