The beautiful game known globally as ‘football’ has a patchy history in America, barely permeating the sporting world so often dominated by baseball, basketball and American football. ‘Soccer’ (allegedly taken from asSOCiation football) has become a reference to a lesser sport, distancing language employed in Togel Hongkong USA and in other countries with a more dominant national variant. The performance and prestige of the men’s game in America is in stark contrast to that of the women’s, further substantiating a common view that it is neither a male nor a masculine sport.
The CONCOCAF Gold Cup provides the latest example of soccer’s obscurity, an international competition currently being hosted by the USA. The thirteen venues each play host to a single day’s play, meaning the tournament is stretched across nine states. Spreading the game may be a FIFA agenda, but this event is spread a little thin. In any one place it has been and gone before anyone notices. Results receive a bare passing mention in the press, and peripheral commentary is almost entirely absent. Compare this to a European Championships, where journalists present competing claims about how David Beckham files his nails, or how Wayne Rooney waxes his head.
Of the five regularly staged confederation events, the Gold Cup certainly brings up the rear. For some unknown reason however I was eager to explore this for myself, so I planned a week’s trip to three cities – Miami, Tampa and Harrison – for a trio of group stage double-headers involving football powerhouses such as Guadeloupe, Grenada and Guatemala.
Within hours of my arrival in south Florida however, I was hospitalised. The chest pains were misdiagnosed a few times, before medics ‘settled’ on pneumonia / pleurisy as a prognosis. By the time I was …