I suppose you don’t need any more reasons to get into the World Cup spirit. After all, it has been about two weeks since the opening ceremonies. A lot of games have been played. You’ve been going sleepless for many nights. And, you have cheered your throat dry from rooting your favorite teams; not to mention the headaches you’ve had courtesy of all the drinks available at the bar where you spend all your waking hours.
Of course, the outcome of some matches might very well be the reason for you to need some lifting up. I can just imagine how fans of Les Bleus, the American team, and the English team are feeling right now! Still, for real lovers of the sport, the games go on, and the spirit lives on. It doesn’t matter that your team is out of the running (well, of course it does, but you know what I mean) – you still have a LOT of games to watch; and of course, we’re all waiting to see who will take home the trophy this year. After all, this event only happens once every four years!
So, in keeping with the World Cup spirit, here are some of the best videos related to the World Cup that can fan the flames yet again.
The Best of Pele
Just go to YouTube, and you’ll be sure to find countless videos of this football legend. Indeed, lots of current football players are sure to say that Pele was instrumental in their lives. This particular video, however, captures some of the best moments in Pele’s own career. He might suck at predicting the outcome of the recent World Cup tournaments, but no one can deny just how good he was during his time.
BBC’s Top 10 World Cup Goals
BBC has been a reliable source of information for as long as I can remember, and when it comes to football, trust them to give you what you want. After all, BBC hails from a country where football fever is quite unmatchable. Here are the top 10 goals from the World Cup, which BBC compiled back in 2006. After this year’s World Cup, we might very well see a new compilation.
In any case, if this video doesn’t give you chills down your spine, then I don’t know what will!
Alright, this incident may not be a good example of sportsmanship – it actually is quite the opposite – but there is no denying that Zidane’s ‘outburst’ in the field brought a lot more attention to the World Cup than some other incidents. Zidane is not playing for the French team this year (and the French are out of the tournament anyway), but it’s still worth watching this video. You can take it either way – a good reminder of what a football player should NOT do, or a strangely amusing video showing all of us that football players are human just like everyone else.
Nike’s Ad for the World Cup
Nike is arguably the most popular brand of sports apparel and accessories, and their advertisements are always a hit. While Nike does not limit itself to one sport – in fact, they have ads for practically all kinds of sports – this particular ad for the World Cup is very inspiring.
Sony Bravia’s Ad
Alright, here’s another commercial that is related to the World Cup. Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated in any way with any brands mentioned in this list. I simply think that this video is quite cute. I guess that kids had a lot to do with it. While you don’t see any live World Cup action in this ad, you can’t help but smile at the end of the clip. See you for yourself.
The Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast in 2006 – Look at the fans!
For some, playing or watching the game is all about winning. For others, it is all about the experience and the camaraderie. For the Dutch fans in 2006, it was more than that – it was a show of love for their team and country. About a thousand fans came to the match versus Ivory Coast in their orange apparel. Unfortunately, they also wore lederhosen bearing the logo of a brewery native to Holland. Will you believe that the World Cup officials got all huffy about it because the brewery was not an official sponsor of the games? Talk about nonsense! It didn’t stop there, though, as the officials practically forced the fans to take off their pants (literally). The spirit of those fans was indomitable, and they were vindicated at the end of that match, when their team won 2-1. Watch them celebrate – forget that some were wearing only underpants.
The World Cup is perhaps the biggest sporting event focusing on a single sport. It brings together people from all nations as they cheer on their teams. This year, let’s enjoy the rest of what the World Cup has to offer!