Soccer fever has apparently hit the U.S. hard this year and black people around the world could care less. The FIFA World Cup, which is held every 4 years like the Olympics since 1930 is the most widely viewed sporting event unlike the Olympics. I’m sure you’ve seen people wearing their Brazil, Mexico and Spain soccer jersey lately and wondering why. I’ve even seen grown folks buying sticker books and trading cards about it, but why??
Unless you’re from Nigeria or some other country where soccer is your nation’s favorite pastime, you didn’t grow up on soccer. Instead of bouncing soccer balls off your head, you were too busy playing video games, tossing around footballs, or dribbling basketballs. And best believe your parents didn’t cut short your Rocko’s Modern Life time to tune into the World Cup. And if you told anybody that you were going out to play soccer you would be given an automatic side eye.
It’s not that black people don’t play soccer, just not black people born in the United States Of America. Or should I say black people born in the hood of the United States Of America. Maybe all this World Cup fever will change that. Maybe some kid with internet access and a tv in their bedroom will tune into the World Cup, see Jozy Altidore make a goal and think to themselves that’s what they want to do. Or maybe they’ll be like wtf and turn it back to Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Who knows.