A Canadian Soccer Fan in Limbo
I just returned to Lesotho after a week and a half of travelling around South Africa to attend some World Cup matches. Overall, it was an amazing experience, but one thing that stood out for me was that I was a Canadian, at a World Cup, without an affiliation to any of the competing nations. This situation was highlighted every time I spoke with someone because the inevitable question was ‘who do you support?’
So my initial question to the Terry readers is, who do you support at the World Cup?
I think that many Canadians would identify themselves as English, French, Italian, Greek, etc and therefore support those nations in the World Cup. My Grandfather was Scottish, but that doesn’t help me very much in picking a team.
For the last couple of World Cups I have been supporting the United States. Generally, I tend not to support the U.S. in any event and instead actively cheer against them – I think this might be the case for most Canadian and probably most of the world. However, I feel they represent North American soccer (I am excluding Mexico from this statement – not intending to offend) and as a North American soccer player, and fan, I am cheering for them.
While I travelled around South Africa I would encounter people from African countries who were actively supporting all of the African nations. Now that Ghana is the only African team remaining I believe that the entire continent will be supporting them – this is a huge generalization, but go with me here.
I have a feeling that it’s not the same in North America. Do people not identify themselves as North Americans? Do we lack North American pride?