The Five Billion Person Party

Notes of a wandering American soccer fan

What is the Five Billion Person Party?

Posted by steigs on December 2, 2007

 The 2002 World Cup was a magical time for American fans, as our team made a startling run to the quarter-finals, our best showing in the tourney in decades.  It was also held in the middle of the night, American time.  Those of us on the East Coast were rising — or staying up — for 2:30 and 5 am kick-offs.  It only added to the dream-like character of what we were watching.  In the middle of the rising joy, one morning I opened my paper to find the following full page ad from our friends at Nike:

Maybe it’s time
to get up in the middle
of the night
Maybe it’s time
to paint our faces and
join the five billion
person party.
Maybe it’s time to watch history.
Maybe it’s time
to get behind the kids
from New Jersey
and Ohio and California.
Maybe it’s time
to get behind our boys.
Maybe it’s time
to start caring.

The “Just Do It” marketing geniuses had captured something with their poem.  I love the sport of soccer as a fan.  But I also love the global aspect of it, the way I’m participating in a global fan culture. That’s what this blog will be about.  Some tales from the road.  Some observations from the couch.  Some musings about the game…

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