The big four of sports in America have nothing on the most popular sport in the world. Check the rankings out of which sport is most commonly played throughout the world and it won’t be baseball, football, basketball and hockey. No, that honor goes to soccer, or futbol as it's called in Europe, and the rankings aren’t even close. In Europe, you will find more goalie jerseys than all basketball jerseys combined in the United States.
Every four years, there is a tournament that holds the attention of mankind much like the NCAA basketball tournament consumes the televisions of people in the US. Soccer is played on every single continent and the World Cup is the most viewed event in the world.
The 2010 tournament won by Spain was a huge hit on ESPN here in the U.S. Soccer won't supplant the major ports here, but it's finding a large audience.
Top Information Websites
FIFA World Cup.com
The official site dedicated to the 2006 World Cup held in Germany.
The official website of the Federation International Football Association.
Full page dedicated to the United States Soccer Team.
All things soccer can be found at this site, including news on the MLS, World Cup and even youth leagues.
World Soccer Page
Compressive news on all world soccer teams.
ESPN’s site devoted to everything soccer.
CNN/SI’s soccer site that includes insightful articles, a page devoted to truth and rumors surrounding soccer’s biggest news as well as FIFA team rankings.
World Cup Linesmaking
Get the skinny on how the betting lines will be formed from our friends at Doc’s Sports.
From the Vault - World Cup Preview
Find group previews, team-by-team analysis, a soccer primer and more with Bullz-Eye's 2006 World Cup Preview.
Past FIFA World Cup Winners
1990: West Germany
1974: West Germany
1954: West Germany