(Copyright 2002. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)
Making a permanent impression since 1994
June 14, 2002
By Kaishi Lee
Watch Brian McBride score in the World Cup
If you didnít catch any of the 2002 World Cup action, go kick yourself.
Yes, World Cup fever is definitely on in
But what is the World Cup?
Like the Olympics, itís a game of soccer (also called football in Europe and Asia), with 11 players on each side, held every four years, bringing the top 28 countries together to contest for the championship trophy (the winning team three times in a row only gets to keep the trophy).
Divided into 7 groups (e.g. Group A, B, C etc.) with 4 countries in each group, they will play 2 games within each group and accumulate points for the number of goals scored and games won.
Two countries from each group will advance to the second round. Eight will go on to the quarter-finals, four to the semi-finals and the final two will have millions transfixed at the dexterity and talent of a fine game.
True, soccer is not a game worshipped by folks who follow the Super Bowl, NBA or Major League Baseball feverishly.
But give it a chance; itís a game of true sportsmanship, camaraderie and style. Players also have an undisputed passion for removing their shirts and dancing the winning jig, after scoring a goal.
Believe it or not, soccer players are also celebrity trendsetters.
This World Cup has been a season of upsets too.
But the French are a forgiving people, and they cheered
their team upon touchdown at
ďItís definitely the worst day of my life,Ē
Argentinean coach Marcelo Bielsa told reporters after his side drew a 1-1 tie
Though an equalizer, the Argentinean teamís lackluster
showing in the previous game (versus
The U.S. team will make it to the second round, as one of the top 16 teams in the world, if it at least ties Poland today (the game is at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Itís an amazing coming-of-age feat, considering the
Itíd be tough to awaken in the predawn hours to watch the
World Cup, but say, wouldnít it be nice to catch Brian McBride, who scored the
winning goal against
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