If you are a serious soccer fan, sometimes it can be hard to convince your friends and family just how important soccer is to you. Although soccer is taken very seriously in most parts of the world, in some areas it is not recognized as a true sport. In America, for example, soccer is played mainly by school children.
If you mention football in any country, outside of the United States, you will probably receive an enthusiastic response followed by serious commentary on details of the national team. Almost every country in the world supports a national squad, and the players on the squad are held in very high esteem.
Let's face it; football is one of the most adored games in the world. It is played in nearly every country, and there are representatives from far and wide who qualify for the FIFA World Cup every four years. Some fans take this game very seriously, and they use the international matches as symbolic ways to express the dominance of their country over other countries in the world. When this intensity is focused on a single game, things are bound to eventually get out of hand.