The 2018 World Cup, crowning a champion this Sunday, has been a thrilling display of athleticism and endurance, sportsmanship and teamwork, and national pride and geopolitics. The 32 participating countries each have their unique style of play, but also their own unique national identity consisting of a history, culture, and political systems. Fortunately, Texas State University Libraries offers numerous resources to help familiarize the world.
According to Gale’s Countries of the World and Their Leaders, 32% of the population of Belgium speaks French. A good lip reader may detect a number of French vulgarities exchanged during the semi-final match against France. Texas State University Libraries also offers the opportunity for students to learn French through Rosetta Stone.
Semi-Finalist Croatia and Group E participants, Serbia, were both formerly part of a historical nation called Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia reached the semifinals in the 1930 and 1962 World Cups. Visit CountryWatch for more information about Croatia and Serbia.
England is often cited for creating soccer. However, ProQuest’s CultureGrams will only go as far as to say that England develop the modern rules for the sport. The national team’s current run into the semi-finals (as of the time of this writing) has inspired their supports to sing “It’s Coming Home”.
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