What the World Cup Taught Me About Passion

Estadio Maracanã  Photo by: Flickr

This post is not about Personal Finance but rather about the passion and inspiration you can find in unexpected places.  It’s also about achieving what you think may be impossible.

I love watching the World Cup Tournament and with it being just one week away, I’m really getting excited about it.

The FIFA World Cup™ is a Global Soccer competition.  FIFA is short for the Fédération Internationale de Football Assocation. As you know, Soccer is known to the rest of the world as Football.  The World Cup is the most watched sports competition event in the world.  Every four years 32 teams from different countries compete for the World Cup. This year it will take place in Brazil.

Sport has the Power to Unite and Change the World

The great Nelson Mandela said in his speech at the Laureus World Sports, Monaco 2000:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”

This is so true. While, I don’t  follow the soccer games leading up to the World Cup Tournament  I became a fan of watching the World Cup in 1994 when it was held in the United States.  At the time, I lived near a community that had many soccer fans and many were from Brazil.

The buzz of the World Cup was everywhere and it was contagious. Although soccer is not a huge sport in the United States, it was the best attended World Cup ever.  I knew nothing about soccer or the World Cup before 1994.  I was young and I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. All that changed once I started watching. I was caught up in the excitement and celebrations around the city and I couldn’t help but feel inspired by these players and enjoy the passion for the sport.  I felt united with my community.

I was reading a post that Brian over at Luke1428.com wrote recently.  In this post he talked about getting cable TV back in part because of the power of sports and the positive impact they can have on his children. He is right about that.  As Nelson Mandela said, sports really do speak to youth in a language they can understand.

Why I love to watch the World Cup Tournament

What I remember the most about the 1994 World Cup was that it had one of the most exciting finale’s in World Cup history because the winner was determined by a penalty shoot out. The first time this had ever happened.   The match was Brazil vs Italy.  Both were three time World Cup champions (the most for any teams at the time). After playing for 90 minutes and going into extra time they still had a 0-0 score.

The penalty shoot out phase was nail biting as they usually are but this was the Final!!!  After four long years of waiting, qualifying to be there, and beating every other team in the tournament it all came down to this. The penalty shoot out phase is a sudden death meaning whoever takes the lead first wins. Everything was at stake and everyone was on the edge of their seats.  It was riveting and I was hooked!

Brazil won and became the first nation ever to win the World Cup title four times!!  Talk about exciting.  It was a history making moment. I get goose bumps now just writing about it. There were many Brazilians near my community and the town went wild.  I will never forget what the Brazilian flag looks like.  Fans were so proud and it was a contagious feeling.

It’s truly the place to experience the passion of soccer.  Between the players who have spent years training to perfect their talent, the fans, the sportscasters calling the play by plays, the unpredictability of who will win, the sacrifices made, the long wait of four years to see if you will finally win the title of a true World Champion, all of this is why I watch.

Sport has the Power to Inspire

Kim from Eyesonthedollar.com wrote a post earlier this week about making excuses to not pay off debt.  I believe this tournament is inspiring to billions of people around the world because the players are relentless. They Do The Work necessary to achieve their dreams.  They don’t make excuses because if they do they don’t win.  The same applies to any goal you have in life.

Another post along those same lines came from Laurie over at TheFrugalFarmer.net.  In this post Laurie talks about luck and how someone told her “how lucky are you, to have such a talented child.” She explains that luck has very little to do with her daughter’s talent and success.  Rather she has spent countless hours perfecting her talent.   Just like these soccer players she has put in the work to be great a what she does.  That is not luck people – that is Work!

Learning about Different Cultures


Vuvuzela Photo by: Flickr

The World Cup, similar to the Olympics, is a great way to learn about other cultures.  The broadcasting networks usually have segments about the host country, the people, and the culture.

I still remember the last World Cup, South Africa 2010.  I learned what a Vuvuzela is (pictured left).  It’s a horn that sounds like a million bees buzzing. Ha! 🙂  It was annoying at first but then it became part of the spirit of the host nation and the World Cup. Everyone was talking about it.  I would not be surprised to see it making an appearance in Brazil.  Though, every country brings it’s own flavor to the mix and I’m sure Brazil will not disappoint.

Brazil is Music and Football and I’m expecting a very happy and lively World Cup because that is the spirit of the Brazilian people.  I learned that after experiencing the World Cup in 1994.  Who can be sad while dancing the Samba?  I will definitely be rooting for Brazil.

Learn about The Passion of Futbol

If you’ve never watched and want to know what all the fuss is about and why this is the most watched tournament in the world, I highly recommend you watch the World Cup this year. You will feel the passion and you will be inspired.

The tournament starts exactly one week from today on June 12 to July 13.  Of course Brazil will be kicking off the tournament vs Croatia.  You can watch on ESPN but if you don’t have cable watch on the Spanish Network, Univison, which has the Spanish Language right to broadcast the FIFA World Cup.  Go to univisiondeportes.com.

So, to get you pumped and into the spirit of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™  below is one of the songs recorded for the tournament.  The official World Cup song was actually recorded by Pitbull but I’m not a fan. I think this song by Shakira is much better plus it features many of the World Cup Players.

Have you ever watched the World Cup?  Will you be watching Brazil 2014?  What inspires you to do the work and achieve your goals?


What the World Cup Taught Me About Passion — 13 Comments

  1. Wow, lots of interesting facts here, Raquel, and I absolutely love that quote by Nelson Mandela – it’s so true, isn’t it? Thanks for mentioning our post. There seems to be a run lately of us usually so polite PF bloggers fighting back against all that seem to think that success of any kind comes by luck instead of a heck of a lot of work, and your post drives home that point perfectly. Love it!!!
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted…Great Fathers Day Gift IdeasMy Profile

  2. You’re welcome Laurie. You have to have the passion to really want it otherwise it will not happen. Doing the work affords you the opportunity to be successful.

  3. I’m SO FREAKING PUMPED for the world cup! I’ve honestly been looking forward all week to the USA friendly game on Saturday. ESPN has done a good series on team USA’s journey as well. Soccer is really catching on in the US and I’m quickly realizing how incredible the world cup tournament is, especially compared to other tournaments and sport playoffs.
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted…How Complaining Saved Me Thousands of DollarsMy Profile

    • Ooh, I’ll have to check that out. I know, the World Cup is on a league of it’s own when it comes to tournaments. I hope to be able to attend a World Cup game one day.

  4. I am looking forward to watching the world cup. We don’t have cable so we will be watching several matches at a local pub.Should be fun! I love watching the games with others. So fun to watch everyone get into the game.
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    • That’s a good way to watch also. I live close to a Brazilian community so that would be fun to attend since it will take place in Brazil. I’m sure the local pubs will be packed though.

  5. We have been in Berlin for roughly 7 hours, and spent a considerable amount of time checking out pubs to watch the opening game on as we will still be here…lol! Hubby remembers 1994 too, as they lost to Brazil! :0( . Football is huge in my family. Most follow the Premier league. Boy, was l glad to meet an Italian, and start watching Serie A, as it meant no more choosing sides.. I just love football!!!
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    • Oh man, I can imagine how painful that loss was to all Italians in 94. Well, sounds like you will have a great time watching the opening game in Berlin. Please take pics and share on your blog.