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To me, it just doesn't feel that international, at least not on a completely global scale. Things like Eurovision bring so many different countries together, it has a real global feeling. The World Cup just feels, I don't know, local by comparison.

So is it really the "World Cup" or is that just in name only?
Discuss.
#3
Well seeing that the Eurovision is about European countries, and the World Cup has teams from every continent I think the World Cup is more global.

Better than the World Series in baseball, a sport which in only America seems to care about and only has American teams.
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#5
Wut? teams from every continent. How is this not global?
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#6
Its the Fifa Major League Soccer World Series in association with McDonalds.
#7
Remember that world cup for American football?
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It just doesn't feel like that big a deal outside of a certain set of countries, I guess. Like America, Botswana, Italy, Chad, etc. Do these countries care or is it just a passionate few that follow it so closely?
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It just doesn't feel like that big a deal outside of a certain set of countries, I guess. Like America, Botswana, Italy, Chad, etc. Do these countries care or is it just a passionate few that follow it so closely?

America only like their own invented sports because they can't lose in it because no one else participates.

Who the **** cares about Botswana and Chad.

Italians ****ing love football.
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It just doesn't feel like that big a deal outside of a certain set of countries, I guess. Like America, Botswana, Italy, Chad, etc. Do these countries care or is it just a passionate few that follow it so closely?


Because teams have to qualify for the World Cup Finals. The World Cup tournament takes 2 years to complete.
#14
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Who the **** cares about Botswana and Chad.

Italians ****ing love football.


I care about Botswana and Chad, and besides they're just examples. Something like the Olympics, which another poster mentioned, seems to attract fervent passion from all over the world. The World Cup doesn't feel that way.

I'm currently finishing up a year studying abroad here in Italy and I don't think I've heard anybody mentioning the World Cup. The Six Nations rugby on the other hand while clearly far more local was a pretty big deal.
#15
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What makes this a joke? I just want to know why it's considered such a major deal when really it seems like the fervent passion for it stems from a few countries rather than being completely global. That's hardly knock-knock material.
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I care about Botswana and Chad, and besides they're just examples. Something like the Olympics, which another poster mentioned, seems to attract fervent passion from all over the world. The World Cup doesn't feel that way.

I'm currently finishing up a year studying abroad here in Italy and I don't think I've heard anybody mentioning the World Cup.
The Six Nations rugby on the other hand while clearly far more local was a pretty big deal.

YOu just don't come outside of your hotel room then.
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Do people really care about Eurovision?
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Do people really care about Eurovision?


Bearded Austrian ladies do.
#20
oh god it's this bland loser again
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#21
Lmfao 10/10
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#23
To answer a few posts at once:

No I do not care about Eurovision, I was just using it as an example and while I agree that the World Cup is clearly widely viewed, I would love to know how it breaks down by country. Africa, Oceania and the United States do not seem particularly interested in it and parts of Europe as well. I don't know the situation in Asia and the Middle East.

Most of my friends here in Verona are Italian and they don't seem to mention it, maybe it's just the demographic I'm friends with but the Six Nations was shown in many local pubs here while the World Cup does not appear to be. Just my observation.
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#25
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That's really offensive and I don't appreciate being attacked by someone for asking a legitimate question on a board designed for discussion. If you have an issue with my threads, don't read them. It's a lot more of a mature and pleasant response than attacking me in this manner.
#26
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To answer a few posts at once:

No I do not care about Eurovision, I was just using it as an example and while I agree that the World Cup is clearly widely viewed, I would love to know how it breaks down by country. Africa, Oceania and the United States do not seem particularly interested in it and parts of Europe as well. I don't know the situation in Asia and the Middle East.

Most of my friends here in Verona are Italian and they don't seem to mention it, maybe it's just the demographic I'm friends with but the Six Nations was shown in many local pubs here while the World Cup does not appear to be. Just my observation.


People in different parts of a country prefer different sports. In certain parts of England rugby is more preferred than football.

But, globally football is the biggest sport there is. Every single nation has a national football team and they all try to get into the world cup.
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To answer a few posts at once:

No I do not care about Eurovision, I was just using it as an example and while I agree that the World Cup is clearly widely viewed, I would love to know how it breaks down by country. Africa, Oceania and the United States do not seem particularly interested in it and parts of Europe as well. I don't know the situation in Asia and the Middle East.

Most of my friends here in Verona are Italian and they don't seem to mention it, maybe it's just the demographic I'm friends with but the Six Nations was shown in many local pubs here while the World Cup does not appear to be. Just my observation.


Wtf.
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#28
the clue is in the name
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#29
i actually have never watched any world-soccer/football-championship-game ever. not a single second of the world cup.
but i've never seen greenland included once in any of these events so i cant say that these are actually world events.
#30
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It just doesn't feel like that big a deal outside of a certain set of countries, I guess. Like America, Botswana, Italy, Chad, etc. Do these countries care or is it just a passionate few that follow it so closely?


Did you just ask if Italy care about football..?
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#31
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Wtf.


Just an observation that you seem to hear of African teams doing well less frequently which to me suggests less of an investment on their part. Clearly not a negative at all. I know South Africa for example is heavily into Rugby and less so into cricket so maybe the interest is different there.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, perhaps I'm mistaken and I hold my hands up if I am. I'm certainly no expert. That's why I started this thread, to get more knowledgeable perspectives on this.
#33
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Just an observation that you seem to hear of African teams doing well less frequently which to me suggests less of an investment on their part.


Just an observation that you make decent threads less frequently which to me suggests less of an investment on your part.

Not negative.

In seriousness, European football simply has more money to pump into development.
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WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, is run by Americans and has predominantly American wrestlers, although I use that term loosely. It also doesn't air in Ireland where I'm from, unless you use satellite British channels. Names aren't always entirely accurate. That is a lot of the reason I started this thread. As I said in the OP, is it just a name?
#36
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Just an observation that you make decent threads less frequently which to me suggests less of an investment on your part.

Not negative.

In seriousness, European football simply has more money to pump into development.


I don't know why people feel the need to critique my threads. It's easy to not read them if you don't want and it's not like I write them to attack people or cause harm on here. I'm just asking a question. It seems very rude and disproportionate to you not liking what I have to say.

Your second point is probably valid and that's fine, I accept that. I just wonder if the interest in these other continents is really that strong. Surely anyone can see that Europe and South America seem to dominate the interest in the tournament?
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Just an observation that you seem to hear of African teams doing well less frequently which to me suggests less of an investment on their part. Clearly not a negative at all. I know South Africa for example is heavily into Rugby and less so into cricket so maybe the interest is different there.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, perhaps I'm mistaken and I hold my hands up if I am. I'm certainly no expert. That's why I started this thread, to get more knowledgeable perspectives on this.


Cameroon, Ghana, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Nigeria are all in this. Regardless if they're doing well or not, you can't deny Africa's obviously a nation with great interests in football.

I mean continent, and I put Ecuador in there lolz woops
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#38
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Cameroon, Ghana, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Nigeria are all in this. Regardless if they're doing well or not, you can't deny Africa's obviously a nation with great interests in football.


Fair point but do they merely enter a team for the sake of it or is it an important thing to them, like do they watch all the matches, are there fervent supporters on any large scale?
#39
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WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, is run by Americans and has predominantly American wrestlers, although I use that term loosely. It also doesn't air in Ireland where I'm from, unless you use satellite British channels. Names aren't always entirely accurate. That is a lot of the reason I started this thread. As I said in the OP, is it just a name?


Yeah but Americans call all their things "World" whatever, when it just contains America and Canada.
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#40
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Fair point but do they merely enter a team for the sake of it or is it an important thing to them, like do they watch all the matches, are there fervent supporters on any large scale?


Yes, maybe watch a match and look at the crowds
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