Soccer or “football” is the most popular sport in the world. It is played in over eighty countries, and is enjoyed much in the same way that Americans enjoy football, basketball, or baseball.The game of soccer can be traced back to as far as the eleventh century. The sport started in England, but the actual inventor or specific time the sport was invented remains unknown.
In the beginning, it was a sport that was played during religious ceremonies or large gatherings, but it is widely agreed upon that by 1175 it became a game that was played by English schoolboys. Throughout the medieval period many rulers such as Edward II in 1314, put a ban on soccer supposedly because it was a distraction.
Soccer is the number one sport in the world. If you go to a sports bar in Latin America or Europe, that’s what you will hear. Soccer this, soccer that. But come on, who would even conceive preferring soccer than the soothing sport of golf? But no, this soccer fervor is atrocious. You go to South America, and see the “Copa Libertadores” and one can witness how nationalism and fanaticism has strange effects on people, and how they completely contradict each other.