SULTAN JESSA: Growing popularity of soccer

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Soccer is becoming increasingly popular in Canada.

Two decades ago, not many in this vast country talked about soccer or even cricket.

This has changed with the arrival of thousands and thousands of new immigrants from Europe, Africa and other soccer playing nations in South America.

However, soccer or cricket will not be able to overtake or replace hockey for many years to come.

The just ended spectacular World Cup Soccer in Brazil has given a big boost to the game and many are now openly wondering why a Canadian team cannot make it to the world stage.

It can with a lot of training, great coaches and proper funding and encouragement.

The soccer extravaganza in Brazil came to a disappointing end…yes disappointing to some and brought glory to Germany.

Germany became the first European country to win the coveted titled in the western hemisphere.

This country is now basking in glory after 24 years.

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in overtime to clinch the golden trophy.

It was also Germany that dashed the hopes of the host nation Brazil which went down to a most humiliating 7-1 defeat.

No one expected this from a country where soccer is religion.

Many Brazilians openly complained this was not a game but a shame.

Brazil is in tatters and it will take many, many years for this country to become supreme in soccer again.

The host country has been emotionally and financially scarred after spending a record $12-billion on staging this spectacular event when Brazil is facing a high level of unemployment, poverty and unrest.

This was supposed to be the event where Brazil was expected to shine on home soil.

In Toronto and other cities, Canadians turned out by thousands to watch Germany beat Argentina.

This was the fourth win for Germany in the World Cup Soccer.

I am hoping that one day Canada will get its national team to World Cup Soccer.

The 2014 cup was the most viewed soccer event.

More than four million people watched 64 matches played 12 World Cup venues across Brazil.

In my earlier column, I talked said anything could happen and there could be many surprises.

Brazilians, despite being used to play in the heat, faced the most heat from Germany.

There was a massive public anger of billions being spent on preparations, venue and sprucing up all the major cities where the games will be played when there are no hospitals to care for the sick.

Geographic location: Brazil, Germany, Europe Africa South America.However Toronto Canada

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