A Guide to Soccer for the World Cup bandwagoner
This article was originally published in our October 2014 print edition.
(Arturo Vidal now plays for Bayern Munich, Carlos Tevez for Boca Juniors and Andrea Pirlo for NYCFC).
Photo Credit/Fanny Schertzer
The FIFA World Cup brings out a lot of new soccer fans, and with the 2014 FIFA World Cup done, it’s time for new fans to pick a team to follow. Soccer season is now in full swing, so now is as good a time to become a fan as ever.
With choices from Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and England’s Premier League, the list of teams to follow is almost endless. To make things simpler, I would recommend choosing to follow one of the following three teams:
1) Barcelona: led by soccer superstar, Lionel Messi (Argentina), Barcelona is one of the top teams in La Liga. Barcelona has other top players, including Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and Neymar (Brazil). With 12 points, Barcelona is currently undefeated and in first place in La Liga. Barcelona is definitely a franchise with a legacy of success.
2) Real Madrid: Though Real Madrid currently sits in seventh place in La Liga, it’s led by a couple of soccer’s finest players: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and James Rodriguez (Colombia). Real Madrid is sure to make their way to the top soon enough. Real Madrid leads La Liga in title wins with 32, and Champions League titles with 9.
3) Juventus: this past May, Juventus won their third consecutive Serie A title. This season, they’re undefeated and tied for first place. Juventus is filled with talented players–goaltender Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), forward Carlos Tevez, midfielder Arturo Vidal (Chile), and midfielder Andrea Pirlo (Italy)--to name a few. And with such a talented team, Juventus could easily win their league for the fourth consecutive season.
Other good options include Olympiacos, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, with 3.3 to 3.5 billion fans all over the world. Instead of waiting for the next world cup, why not join the crowd?