Football vs. Futbol
Football vs. Futbol
Football seems to be popular only in the Unites States, while soccer or Futbol is popular world-wide. There is no true rhyme or reason for this phenomena, but here are some examples and explanations from our beloved World-Wide-Web.
“Europe's 53 soccer countries will have the future and popularity of their national teams at the top of the agenda at a two-day summit meeting in Cyprus.
UEFA member federations are under pressure from influential clubs to play fewer matches by scrapping some international exhibition dates and cutting the size of qualifying groups for the World Cup and European Championship”(AssociatedPress). Countries throughout the world are attending this meeting because of the significance of soccer to their country. They are trying to decided the rules for World Cups years ahead of time, because of how detrimental it can be if the leagues and games are disbanded. As days pass, more and more Americans are continuing to prefer European futbol over Americanized socccer. “Major League Soccer has been around since 1996 to help build the popularity of soccer in the United States. However, today it seems that a large number of soccer fans in this country prefer rooting for a big European club rather than one of the home teams. It's a recurring phenomenon. Every time I'm talking with somebody about soccer and I ask them what their favorite team is, I usually hear the names of European teams such as "Barcelona" or "Manchester United," but never any MLS teams”(Azmoudeh).
Much of the world sees America as being a violent, powerhouse, which can be seen and expressed through our beloved sport of Football. The rest of the world enjoys Soccer as a whole because of how much easier it is to play and watch it on a daily basis. Soccer will undoubtedly be the world’s past-time, while football will inevitably fade away into our memories as that “indecent, rough sport we,for some reason, enjoyed”.
Azmoudeh, Dias Dariush. http://theorion.com/sports/article_c4bb6f90-de6e-11e0-8be1-001a4bcf6878.html