Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays and Replay of 2010 !!!

As the year 2010 comes to a close, one cannot help but to look back at how eventful it was. The greatest highlight being the 2010 World Cup,  an event that was held on the continent of Africa for the very first time in history. (Better to focus on that than the referee scandal, ha!).  How about the  FIFA scandal  which allegedly involved  three FIFA executives who were bribed  to rig the World Cup host selections?  Aha, then came the dramatic moment   where one of the smallest countries in the world, Quatar, (and another surprise, Russia) shattered the hope of  other countries like the United Kingdom and the USA to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events. 
 The integrity of FIFA as a World Football/Soccer governing body has, since then, become more questionable than ever before. One wonders whether FIFA's shortcomings are of its top- man's making or of the crew he cannot control, or both. Does that take away from the excitement the Sport brings around the whole world? No. Great to see that Soccer is slowly, but steadily growing and breaking through in the USA, at all levels- from youth leagues to Major League Soccer(MLS) and the Women's Professional Soccer league(WPS). Hopefully 2011 brings an even greater and bigger Soccer experience. Happy holidays!!!

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