World Cup Soccer: This novice is ALL IN


Admittedly I am not the biggest futbol aficionado, but my fandom is coming along slowly and surely. I have come to appreciate the world’s game for its athleticism, artistry and passion.

With the 2014 World Cup now in full swing I am completely ALL-IN. I am watching and savoring as much as I can. If I can’t watch the games, the live stats are up on my computer at work (shhh !) I already have an adopted team and am ready to cheer, groan and feel the pangs of passion for the teams I want to see do well.

Of course being from Chico we are all pulling for our favorite son Chris Wondolowski. The Division II superstar has turned into one of the best players in the country and scratched and clawed his way onto the US squad. His penchant for being in the right place at the right to put the ball in the back of the net, has not only been a professional trait, but was the college norm as well. Wondo, as he is affectionately known in these parts, has a legion of Wildcat faithful hoping he gets to make his mark on this World Cup.

I will be most fervently cheering my United States countrymen, but I also have a soft spot for Spain. The Spanish are the defending champions and were handed an embarrassing loss to the Netherlands, the team they beat in the 2010 World Cup Final. Having Basque heritage I feel it is in my blood. LOL ! Yesterday was an embarrassing  5-1 loss to the Dutch. Hopefully they can rebound in their next Group B match.

I would really love to see Italy do well. I want to live there someday. I love the people. I love the country. And on a recent trip to Italy I felt more at home there, than I do in some American cities. So, Viva Italia.

So, while my knowledge may be limited, my passion will be high. I am willing to learn. This futbol novice is ALL-IN, just be patient with me. And remember, if I ask you a question about the game, there are no dumb questions, only dumb answers

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