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SOCCER

Postby Dr. Goodword » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:01 pm

• soccer •

Pronunciation: sahk-ê(r) • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun, mass

Meaning: A game played by two teams of 11 members each using a round ball that must be moved with the feet. Only one player can touch the ball with his or her hands, the goalie, who may handle it only in the specific area around the goal. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking, heading, or otherwise pushing the ball into the opponent’s goal.

Notes: Soccer is currently the world’s most popular sport. It is estimated that more than a billion people will watch this year’s World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow in Germany! Soccer is the favorite game in countries in Europe and South America, though often not in the former British colonies where rugby and cricket kept it from getting a dominant foothold. Around the world, it is known as football, but in the US, Australia, and Canada, they play another game with a pointy-ended ball that is called elsewhere, American football.

In Play: To play this game well requires a mastery of foot skills. Imagine trying to write, drive, or cook with your feet and you can see the challenge. Because there are no timeouts and few set plays, the game also requires a constant creativity that has earned it the moniker: "the beautiful game". It can be played in bare feet on any surface, though level grass is best; all that is needed is a ball and desire. Soccer is played in the street, on the beach, on basketball courts, in 100,000 seat stadiums, by millionaires and by urchins. Its simplicity and ease of enjoyment have made it the second most popular youth sport in America, with over 6,000,000 kids currently playing.
Word History: Today’s word comes to us through the process of playful abbreviation. The sport itself dates back to at least 43 AD, when it was known as "kicking the bladder"; it was first named fut balle in the 12th century, when it was played by as many as 100 men on a field. The number of injuries from this play led to several monarchs banning it. Even today fan violence (hooliganism) is so rampant that larger stadiums have jails and courts built into them for processing rioting fans. As the Brits are wont to do, they slangily referred to the game as assoc football, short for association football, then just assoc. By the early 1900s, it had gained an -er, giving us assoccer, which was soon reduced to just plain soccer. Good luck to the 36 teams playing this year’s World Cup; all 64 games will be televised live from Germany. (And thanks to Brian Gockley of alphaDictionary for today's Good Word, which he wrote up himself.)
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Postby Brazilian dude » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:11 pm

Don't even mention soccer. Can you believe the school will be closed every time Brazil will play? I can understand if it's the final, but all matches? É uma vergonha.

I hope we lose.

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Postby Huny » Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:26 pm

BD- Your right, It is really is a shame! Is it just bad timing on the schools part or what?
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Postby Brazilian dude » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:35 pm

Well, they say that if the school is open, nobody will show up.

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Lust
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Sloth
Greed
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Postby Stargzer » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:49 pm

I'm sure you meant to say:

Envy
Lust
Gluttony
Soccer
Greed
Wrath
Pride


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