The World Cup 2014 has sadly come to an end. All of the drama from this year's tournament emotionally drained me to the point where I felt sluggish and empty for a solid week as I realized one of the best moments of the decade has passed. The days following the World Cup, I monitored the news every hour to see if anything soccer related would pop up, and then I'd realize that the tournament was over and I still had 9 hours of work to do. This was the worst emotional hangover since I read the last Harry Potter book.
What was I going to do with my time? What will I talk about with strangers? Will I ever wear my USA, Germany, and Argentina jerseys again (I will not tell you which jersey I wore during the final... let's just say, it did not bring the team any luck...).
LUCKILY the FIFA Women's World Cup will be in full force this time next year, so I will have an excellent excuse to wear my USA jersey and watch soccer for a solid month straight without any shame (thank you, all mighty soccer Gods). As I'm sitting here in my room writing at on a night, I am posed with the question: who will win it this time around? Germany won in 2003 and 2007, while Japan won the last World Cup. Will Germany play like their male counterparts and destroy every team in their wake? Or, will the USA carry this year's fan's momentum into the World Cup and win their first championship since 1999? These are very serious questions people. I highly encourage that you ponder this question whole heartedly and watch as many qualifying games as humanly possible.
Many of the next qualifying rounds will take place in October and November, so it will be interesting to see what players make it on the roster, what players start, who the stand-outs are, etc. If you just so happen to see me during this time, don't be surprised if I'm taking detailed notes about each player and each team, as I'm sure I will be competing in another World Cup bracket (I got second place in this year's World Cup Bracket Challenge, I have a reputation to uphold).
Cheer for your country's team, partake in your country's rivalries (always makes the games more competitive, and therefore more enjoyable), and spread the soccer cheer for all around! The best of luck to the USA team this year. My ego is riding on you winning, so don't let me down!
Posted by Leslie