I miss the World Cup. It provided endless highlights, gut-wrenching moments and unheard-of United States soccer fandom. While many casual fans will fade into the abyss and come out again in four years, they soon may not be able to escape the marketing tactics seen in fútbol leagues across the globe.
It starts online when you least expect it. You’re looking up a new rug on Amazon.com, searching for that new pair of shoes on Zappos.com or browsing new cars on Toyota’s site and, before you know it, there are ads pointing you back to that product on every other website you visit.
Get out your grill and put on your red, white and blue! The Fourth of July is coming up this week, and whether you’re going to watch fireworks, heading to a barbeque or just have an interest in numbers, we have some surprising statistics to share with you!
You can tell my husband to relax. I’m definitely not in Brazil, and I haven’t run off with David Beckham (yet). It wasn’t a person who asked me to get engaged—it was a brand.
Watching sporting events like the World Cup, they often feel a bit like “logo soup.” Everywhere you look, companies have paid big money to get their logo in front of millions of people. But often it’s just that—a logo.
Soccer’s biggest stage has returned and you’ve got one giddy United States fan here. Do the Americans really stand a chance at defeating the best in the world? Probably not. And that is the expectation that’s been set by the United States Men’s National Team’s (USMNT) gaffer Jurgen Klinsmann. Recently quoted in a New York Times piece, Klinsmann said, “We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet.” In other words, our beloved Americans need to keep working.