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Soccer in the U.S.A is Here to Stay

Last week FIFA, the governing body of soccer, chose the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In the months leading up to the decision, a handful of competing countries including the United States presented bids in an effort to win the votes of FIFA officials. After two-rounds of voting, Russia and Qatar emerged as the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 competitions respectively. It was a

Compete Data Shows FIFA World Cup Was an Online Success

Today, Compete announced a press release regarding the successes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup as a U.S. online event. Initially gaining speed in the month of February 2010, U.S. internet users began to increase their interest in the worldwide contest in the following months. As a sport that typically does not see as much attention in the United States, the performance of the U.S. team drove online interest. By

Thank you ESPN, for taking the World Cup seriously

It’s here.  And for a US soccer fan, it’s going to be even bigger than ever. For three years and 11 months, soccer fans in the United States live in relative obscurity.  Yes, we find each other at soccer friendly bars, read and comment on soccer-focused blogs and rise early on the weekends to watch our favorite European club matches; but for the most part, we fly well below the

Ronaldo Tops Soccer Shopping, Donovan & Altidore Make Strong Showing for U.S.

I’m a Manchester United fan and my coworker, Marko, is a Liverpool supporter. The debate about which team is better is pretty simple (especially because United won the league this season) because it’s settled on the field. FIFA passes out a Player of the Year award every year, but that argument is a bit more subjective. Popularity isn’t necessarily proportional to talent, but they are closely related and although we

Online Fan Support – France vs Italy

This Sunday, July 9th, France and Italy, two previous winners with plenty of history between them, will meet in what will surely be an epic battle for the 2006 World Cup. But before we end our discussion on the World Cup, we wanted to know who has won the battle for online fan support, France or Italy? One would think that the Italian Azzuri, who have a rabid national fan

World Cup Madness"¦

So it wasn’t the result that United States soccer fans had expected, but the games were exciting and Sam’s Army was out in full force. Crazed fans rooted for the American squad in Germany and in soccer establishments (bars) around the United States"¦Maybe a US winner in South Africa 2010? Let’s not kid ourselves. A finals appearance in the next 50 years will suffice… Starting July 4th, the semi finals

FIFA World Cup 2006

It has been 4 long years for you die hard soccer fans since Brazil won their 5th World Cup in Japan/Korea, and come June 9th, the world’s largest sporting event will kick off (excuse the pun) again. Thirty-two of the world’s best soccer nations will square off in Germany to decide who will take home the world’s most prestigious trophy. With an estimated 213 countries tuning in (that’s just about