Getting the most out of a soccer game on TV means doing more than just sitting down and following the ball around the screen...Here"s how to engage and immerse yourself in both the game and the sport from the comfort of your own living room--or the local bar!
StepsLearn about the countries that are playing, including their history, culture, and political state. How popular is soccer in those nations? Which countries have particular rivalries with each other? Oftentimes, in the World Cup, former colonies are keen on winning against the country they gained independence from. Analyze the touch of the players. Can they control the ball in the air in one touch and then immediately be ready to shoot or pass? Do they control the ball in anticipation of what they want to do next? Can they avoid a defender, when pressured, shield the ball, and still find an open teammate? Focus in on free kicks and corner kicks, known as set pieces, which often result in goals. Identify the key players. While watching their moves, try and pick out individuals and understand the roles they each play for the time. In particular, look out for: The Star - Usually there’s one player who every play the ball runs through. Like Zidane of France, Riquelme of Argentina or Ballack of Germany, they run the show for their teams. The Rookie - Identify the upcoming and future stars. There’s usually one new young player that breaks through in the World Cup and dazzles the World. Such as Ronaldino (rohn ahl dine yo) of Brazil or Henry (Ahn ree) of france Scrutinize the tactics of the teams. Is the team that is winning stalling the game to get the ball for a throw in? Are they trying to keep possession of the ball rather than go forward? Do they keep possession of the ball an