And so it begins. Again.

Disclaimer: The following nonsense was written by an complete idiot, namely, me. If you're offended by the saltiest of language, empty threats, ironic xenophobia, third-grade innuendo, brilliant prose or hilarious poop jokes, this blog isn't the place for you. For the rest of us, it might just be Valhalla. To check out older posts about the World Cup, visit the original version of my blog here.

Welcome to Two Worlds, One Cup, the bestest little soccer blog in the the history of the me writing one. I'm your host, ZGS, but you can call me Zach if you're not into the whole brevity thing.

With the World Cup kicking off this Friday, we have a fair deal of catching up to do. I've actually been writing about the World Cup for almost a month on another site. With 68 previous posts, there's plenty of stuff to check out, but as a primer, here's a reasonable approximation of my Top 5 Posts, So Far:

  1. WHY I HATE YOUR TEAM - ENGLAND EDITION
  2. Fashion! - Groups A, B, C, and D.
  3. WHY I HATE YOUR TEAM - SOUTH KOREA EDITION
  4. Go Round and Round.
  5. Recession.

In addition to the above approximated highlights, you'll find hateful profiles of all 31 teams not named The United States, predictions for who will advance out of the group stage, random love letters, interviews, games, super villains, vampires and plenty of accusations of racism.

You see, I love soccer. It's the only thing in my life that's ever consistently made me happy.* Playing it, watching it, reading about it; I love it all. I may not be the greatest player, I may not be the most talented writer, but soccer doesn't seem to care. It's given me back a hundred times more than I've given it. This blog is basically an attempt to show other people, both soccer enthusiasts and not, the myriad ways one can appreciate the culture and the game, and maybe, just maybe, convert a few folks along the way.

I'll be back tomorrow with a more topical post. Until then, here is a video of my favorite World Cup goal of all time.

-ZGS

*That may sound really sad to you, but think about it for a second: Do you have anything in your life that you can realistically do daily and, every single time, it makes you feel good? Not many people can honestly answer "yes" to that question.

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