Episode 4-Half of my heart, American Pride- their soccer team

June 11, 2010

I grew up watching English football so most of my soccer heroes are English. Being a Liverpool soccer fan is just about the only way i have been able to connect with people, as i have travelled so far away from home. I remember during the England and Portugal penalty shoot out in the last World Cup, me and of my chilhood friends held hands and cried. Later, I was told by my brother my parents did exactly the same thing.

About two years back I moved the great sports city of Boston. I realized that my professor Cathy Waters shared my love for the game and is a huge supporter of the USA soccer team.Thats when I started following their journey half was through the qualification. It is easy to love them simply because it is easy to love an underdog. But it is even easier to love underdogs who try so hard for respect. On Saturday, i don't know how to choose. It almost feels like choosing between your parents. One is a country i grew up watching and the other is a country i have come to love.

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Episode 3-Impressions of USA team by a coach, the dichotomy in South Africa

June 11, 2010

The podcast with Prof. Cathy Waters (taught at the institute Charlie Davies comes from, professional soccer coach, also talks about her love for the game HERE) got me thinking about my love for the USA soccer team). We talk about her 2 themes

-impressions of the USA team (after following them closely for four years), the impact of the coach.

-South African economy and branding a city by hosting a sports event

I highly recommend two posts by the BBC - one called " WORLD CUP LITERATURE" which examines the cultural significance of soccer in Africa and the second is "IN THE SHADOWS OF A STADIUM' which examines two groups in Africa. One which lives with poverty and cannot see the point in spending billions of dollars on stadiums and the other cannot wait to welcome the world to South Africa

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