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An Ode To The World Cup02:19

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The World Cup begins today when Brazil, which has never failed to qualify for the tournament, hosts Croatia. Bill Littlefield has some thoughts on the spectacle that will occupy soccer fans for the next month.

It's very likely that Brazil,

Green-and-yellow-clad will thrill

All the world, or much of same,

With their beautifully played game.

[sidebar title="Rhymes With Bill" width="630" align="right"] Read more of Bill Littlefield's poetic works.[/sidebar]In all the World Cup's mighty days

No team has garnered quite the praise

That brave Brazil may never yield,

Having never missed the field.

Germany can't be dismissed,

Spain, for years unfairly dissed,

Motivated to defend,

May be poised to early end

Holland's orangely glowing hope.

Argentina need not mope.

They, like lots of others, can

Prove too nimble for Iran.

U.S. fans might almost wanna

Play some other team than Ghana,

'Til they look around and see

That Portugal and Germany

Are the other sides they'll face

Trying to earn sought-after space

In the round of sixteen teams

Still entitled to their dreams

After group play has concluded.

Are U.S. fans all deluded

To assume they have a chance

To beat the odds and then advance?

I've not mentioned those who swoon

Over lowly Cameroon,

Or whether Belgium will prevail

In their group. It's rather pale,

When considered with Group D.

Surely there can never be

Assembled elsewhere tougher sides…

Uruguay therein resides

As do England, Italy,

And Costa Rica, so, you see,

The U.S. may have caught a break.

Their road is hard, for goodness sake,

But group of death? It's not my pick.

This nation's group is only sick.

This global party has a cost,

A fact unlikely to be lost

Amid the whoops and cheers and hollers

Who could lose twelve billion dollars?

Brazil's the answer to that query

And the country will be weary

For the costliest Cup yet

Will leave behind a mighty debt.

For that Brazilians all can thank

Sepp Blatter, laughing in the bank,

Where he deposits FIFA's share…

Four billion-plus, for those who care.

Perhaps a future day will see

A World Cup that is somehow free

Of FIFA calling every shot…

For this one certainly is not.

Of such a day can soccer dream,

As fans yearn for a perfect team.

Bill Littlefield Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Game since the program began in 1993.

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