For football (called soccer in USA) fans, USA is not the place to watch world cup. I am not a big fan of this game but I like and enjoy watching a good game. Americans actually mock and make fun of this game. And it is the least favorite among Americans after American football, Baseball, and Basketball. You may see kids play soccer but rarely you see 20 or 30 something play this game.
Below is a chronological list of world cup during my life. My age in world cup years is only 10!
|1974||Kuwait||I was one year old.|
|1978||Kuwait||I was 5 years old so most probably I was put to sleep before the games start so I don’t disturb people watching the game in our house.|
|1982||Kuwait||Strangely, I have a vivid memory of this one since Kuwait was participating for the first time and the whole country was on adrenaline. Free air tickets were given to Kuwaitis who wanted to go to Spain to watch their team.|
|1986||Kuwait||One of my favorite world cups. I don’t know why but I enjoyed watching the games and three Arab countries were in this world cup.|
|1990||Jordan||Studying for Tawjihi (general secondary examination).|
|1994||Jordan||Senior year in college.|
|1998||Malaysia||Working on my master’s thesis. I watched 2/3 of the games alone because they were aired after 3 am.|
|2002||USA||Second MS thesis. Watched Germany vs. Saudi Arabia game (8-0) in a room full of Saudi students. It was a memorable day.|
|2006||USA||Working on my PhD. Missed watching many of the games due to work.|
|2010||USA||Will be teaching a summer class while working on my PhD dissertation.|