For the casual North American this whole World Cup thing can be a mystery. While soccer or futbol is popular, well, pretty much everywhere else in the world, soccer is just now moving up in the ranks of popularity in the United States, but it has a ways to go. Here are some quick facts to keep up with a couple billion of your closest friends who are also predicted to watch at least part of the games.
1. The World Cup to the world is like the Superbowl is to the United States.
To put it into perspective, though, 105 million people watched the 2010 Superbowl. 909 million people watched the final minute of the 2010 Championship game between Netherlands and Spain (Spain won 1-0).
|Where kids in Haiti play soccer - inside an unfinished building.|
2. The World Cup, like the Winter and Summer Olympics, are held every four years.
Host Countries are chosen decades in advance. In Brazil, there are actually 12 host stadiums where the soccer games are held throughout Brazil. Brazil has reportedly spent $11 billion to host these games ($270 million alone for a stadium in Manaus that will only be used for four matches – and is so remote it cannot be reached by car).