June 27, 2006

A Fashionable Pursuit

With the FIFA World Cup going on in Germany, there's been a worldwide soccer craze- at least in my part of the globe it has. Suddenly, it has become fashionable to watch, talk and breathe soccer.

People who normally don't cared a fig for soccer is suddenly staying up til the middle of the night to very enthusiastically watch soccer. By enthusiastic, I mean they are shouting out stuff and reacting as if they know what is going on, when I don't even think most of them know what an "offside" is. Of course, I'm sure there are many of those that actually ARE soccer fanatics and DO know whats going on. But what I'm saying is that soccer has become such a trend recently that there are many who are suddenly loving soccer because it is fashionable to do so and not because of the sport. And this is not limited to normal people. It is even widely spread in the media, where they'd have local pop idols go on soccer TV shows and talk about what they think of the coming soccer game when they clearly have no idea what is going on.

Now I'm not saying I'm not a little bit affected by this soccer fever myself. I just don't pretend to know anything about the sport. For me, soccer is just a bunch of people kicking the ball back and forth. And I am personally vouching for England only because I think David Beckham is hot and after watching a documentary about him on tv just now, I would like to see him lead England to win the World Cup before he retires.
On a side note, soccer stars do have pretty girlfriends/wives who loves to spend their other half's phenomenal earnings on fashion. I would like to say that Cheryl Tweedy (left, Ashley Cole's gf) needs to get a seamless strapless bra. And that something is off with Posh but I can't put my finger on it. Could it be the hair? Or could it be that she just needs to buy food?

Anyway, what I'm wondering is, if this soccer craze is limited to my corner of the globe. Is soccer suddenly fashionable with the rest of the world as well?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/26/2006 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Bekah said...

yes you are dreadfully right
i live in tasmania (australia) and my once semi normal friends are now waking at times such as 2am or 4am to watch the soccer, people are wearing green and gold scarfs (winter here) and dreds to college (read: year 11 and 12) and OH.
so yes it is a worldwide epidemic
personally as well as going for australia i am all for that team that beat america from africa. ghana i think.

6/26/2006 2:33 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

soccer? World cup? I don't think I even knew it was hapening. I live in California... I'm pretty sure no one here cares about soccer.

Also, Posh... she looks just like a lot of the women here: too much hairspray, too much spray tan and her boobs are too high. She looks cheap and shes RICH. Not ok!

6/26/2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

Katseyj: Yeah. US is one of the few countries where soccer is not a popular sport. It is more of an European/Asian (and Australian it appears)thing. I daresay, not many know or care that the world cup is going on and that the US just lost to Ghana. I bet if the US did care, the quality of their soccer team would be vastly improved though.

6/26/2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

would someone tie her (Posh) up and force feed her lard? im genuinely surprised that she could get pregnant at all...


6/26/2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger k said...

I'm from Portugal and soccer is a little beyond fashionable here, just so that you understand the fever here I'll tell you that companies, offices, factories (pretty much everything) stop during our country games so that everyone can watch the game. We were always pretty crazy about soccer but since we hosted Euro 2004 people became maniacs, and yesterday, when we won to Holland and made it to the quarters the celebrations on the streets were crazy, there were thousands of people on the streets with flags, honking, screaming and singing; and today, if you walk around, you notice that everyone is in a great mood.

Bottom line, I would say the soccer fever is something geographical in a way.

6/26/2006 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its called football, not soccer.

6/26/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nah... soccer has always been one of the main subjects that people talk about where i'm from...

wow, i had no idea the girls aloud person was dating ashley cole..

6/26/2006 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Toronto, Canada and soccer fever hits us everytime the World Cup comes around. Especially in places like Little Italy, Little Portual, Chinatown, etc - they're always abuzz with excitement.

6/26/2006 8:33 PM  
Anonymous dada said...

Cheryl Tweedy has gorgeous looks.. and the World Cup has truly become a heated topic here in HK, with all the media attention

6/26/2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in GERMANY :) so the soccer fever is at it´s best at the moment. actually, i live in LEIPZIG, where also games take place. the teams of netherland, serbia, ucraine, spain, france, irane, angola, mexico and argentina were here. and with them around 500.000 fans from all over the world. it´s such a big big big party :) no one´s going to university anymore, if there are matches... :)

the german team plays very well, so we´re all very happy and have a big party with lots of friends from all over the world. it´s great :)

6/26/2006 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again, Barney's girl, PLEASE do a little research before you make such sweeping generalizations.

The World Cup has been the most watched sporting event in the entire world for ages. The only country that isn't glued to the television every 4 years for this event is the US. In the US, there's american football, basketball, baseball, golf, etc. but, in the rest of the world (Europe, England, Africa, South America, Asia), it's soccer, soccer, soccer. It's been that way since the British Empire spread the sport around the globe.

Maybe you're too young to remember previous World Cup events, but this is definitely not a new trend.

6/26/2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with 2:23.
Also, the lady, Cheryl or whatever her name is, IS wearing a strapless bra, not seamless, but strapless for sure, HELLO!!!
It's one thing to overlook countless spelling/grammar mistakes but mistakes as blatant as these, sheeeeeeeeesh!

6/26/2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger WWND said...

Well actually, in some parts of Asia, cricket is as big as soccer. I'm sure some of my South Asian friends would sooner watch cricket than soccer, but I do agree with Anon 2:23 that soccer is definitely a lot bigger in Europe/Asia, even Canada, etc than it is in the US.


6/26/2006 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called both soccer and football, dear.

6/26/2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon6: I think BG is just commenting that people are suddenly liking soccer because it is the fashionable thing to do and not that it is a 'new' trend.

6/26/2006 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nitpickers should get a life

(btw, there is nothing wrong with "seamless strapless bra." bg was pointing out that the strapless bra should also be seamless. i happen to think the entire ensemble is tacky, but there is nothing wrong with bg's grammar in this regard.)

6/26/2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:18 AGREED!

6/26/2006 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe it has been catching on a bit in the US... my boyfriend in LA has been waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the games, but perhaps that is because his close friend is from south africa and legitimatly cares about the outcomes. to be honest, i just stay snuggly in bed.

6/26/2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people seem to suddenly like soccer every 4 years, that's because soccer gets totally awesome every 4 years. Ever notice how every 4 years people also suddenly start watching a lot of figure-skating or or gymnastics or track? The World Cup is as big an international event as the Olympics.

Americans are so ignorant... get with it.

6/27/2006 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 2:23
why read the blog if u dont like it, if ur going to be bitchy n critical of everything it wud mke sense for u not to visit this site, cos ur moaning is so pathetic. I thing the blogs great barneysgirl, anon u really need to understand everyone is entitled to an opinion!

6/27/2006 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOCCER! WORLD CUP YEAH!!!! Well I may be here in the USA but I still watch soccer. I mean no commercials, where else do you get that in the sports world. Any way what other sporting event stops a civil war. Anyway since the good old US is out of the running I'm not really concerned with who wins but I'd kinda' like to see Ukraine win the match today!

6/27/2006 1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed everyone is entitled to an opinion and it's part of blog culture to encourage discussion and debate. While i agree that calling americans ignorant serves scant purpose, criticism will only improve this blog. Even in magazines, thoughtful critical commentary from readers is routinely published and given consideration by editorial staff. An emerging publication/blog ignores criticism at its peril.

PS - I wouldn't read it, if i didn't enjoy it and see its merit.

6/27/2006 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:33, I don't consider your comments in 2:32, i.e., "HELLO!!! It's one thing to overlook countless spelling/grammar mistakes but mistakes as blatant as these, sheeeeeeeeesh!" to be "thoughtful critical commentary."

6/27/2006 1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:33, I didn't make the comments in 2:32. I made the comments in 2:23.

6/27/2006 1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:47, oic, thanks. that's a rather cheap shot as well.

6/27/2006 2:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem with posh is she is to skinny and to tan!

6/27/2006 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...since we're on the topic of worldwide trends and fashions, and since the czech republic was a contender for the world cup, i would love to hear from anyone who lives in or has been to prague or elsewhere in the czech republic; what would the style be like there in the summer in the city?

6/27/2006 2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you're going to go for a team, go for a team thats actually somewhat decent. england play crap and still somehow win by a fluke. beckham is hot yes, but as soon as he opens his mouth, its all just a facade- the man sounds like The Nanny. go for portugal with the hottie Christian Ronaldo or Germany with Michael Ballack.

oh, and the socceroos were robbed. ROBBED!

whats wrong with posh is that theres strange lumps under her boobs, i think its more rib poking out.

6/27/2006 3:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:32. If you're going to be critical, I'll be sarcastic. If you're going to get critical spell "Sheesh" right. It's Sheesh not shheeeeeeeeeeesh. *rolls eyes at people's bitchiness* Gosh, get a life. It's the girl's blog, and though you can debate about it, she'd rather do without the negative comments.

Next, I live in Toronto and yes, soccer is a craze here. There are flags attached to every car, according to their own nationality. Its pretty cool.

6/27/2006 3:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soccer isn't suddenly fashionable with the rest of the world.
its the world cup! it only happens once every 4 years!
and everyone is watching it to support their own country!
soccer hasn't become a trend recently. people don't suddenly love soccer now because it is fashionable. its the world cup! it only happens once every 4 years!!!
and with the local pop idols... from where?!
it obviously won't be in the uk, because everyone here watches soccer regardless of whether or not its the world cup.
anon8:14pm - totally agree. becks is hot, but his accent stinks!

6/27/2006 3:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in CA
the only world cup channel is in Spanish

ps i heart your blog, ignore the criticism above, it's not worth your time

6/27/2006 3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's the "world minus u.s. cup"

soccer just is not a big spectator sport in the u.s.

6/27/2006 3:55 AM  
Blogger Yiling said...

I'm also in CA.

My bf (who is Mexican) has also been watching soccer. he's the biggest anti-soccer guy there is, he believes only football counts.

however, i have not noticed if it's in English or Spanish. I thought it was in English, but then again, I think it was on ESPN or something.

6/27/2006 3:59 AM  
Anonymous ShopaholicDaily said...

My husband's English, so it is a very big thing here. He's the resident chef in our house and our meals have definitely taken a turn for the worse... but it's better than anything I could cook.


6/27/2006 5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an example of America's isolation from and ignorance of the rest of the world.

6/27/2006 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:27 If this is going to be an America-bashing blog, I am so out of here. To each one, one's own. I do not see what is so socially redeeming about soccer that it is a sign of isolation and ignorance to have no interest in it. Americans prefer football, basketball, baseball and other sports. Should we bash the countries that take no interest in the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Final Four, and so forth? To coin an expression: Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6/27/2006 6:12 AM  
Blogger Casey said...

Yeah, word. Sports are lame. Don't bag on Amercians because they don't like soccer.

Also, I think your criticism woulf have a lot more merit if it wern't anonymous. Leaving snarky/critical comments under an ananymous cover takes away any marit if constructive criticism and, when you're being bitchy, is just cowardly.

Also, just because someting comes around every 4 years and suddenly everyone loves it does not mean that it isn't also suddenly fashionable. Fashion is just something that is adopted my the majority by choice-- and it's usually cyclical anyway...

6/27/2006 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, Beckham is gorgeous!

*sigh* there it goes with Posh again. there certainly is nothing wrong with her weight. she's just model skinny. is that such a crime? i mean kate moss and all other models are skinny as her, and no one seems to badmouth about them. and from looking at her stomach, you can see that she has abs, not ribs, which means she WORKS OUT. as you can see her arms are also muscular. And her hair looks perfectly fine.

Just one thing seems a little bit weird. Her boobs seems a little bit smaller than usual. hehe.

6/27/2006 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she doesnt need a seamless bra...she needs a nude one.

6/27/2006 7:38 AM  
Anonymous g said...

I live in Toronto and soccer (football) :P is BIG here...perhaps it's because i live in one of the most multicultural cities. I'm actually surprised that the Americans aren't that into it...i mean..at least there's USA team..even though they're not exactly the best haha. but it's ok cos Canada doen'st even have one..but many Canadians are bicultural. I think that the soccer fever hits you especially hard if people all around you are hyped about it. I've been watching it recently and find it quite interesting! however, if no one around you cares much about it..i suppose someone with no interest in sports wouldn't be "into it" all of a sudden. It's really about your social surrounding and culture. In the end...I disagree that it's a "fashionable" thing though...I think if you start watching it..you really will start getting interested..not just because 'everyone else is watching' that kind of thing.

6/27/2006 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It goes in and out. Not really that popular though.

6/27/2006 1:42 PM  
Anonymous esther said...

I think soccer is huge everywhere but here in the US, but even here, there are people who are interested in it because of their nationality. I'm korean and almost every korean goes nuts for the world cup. you should google korea and world cup and you'll find insane pictures.

and i absolutely love reading your blogs, so don't let those others bring you down. they're probably just jealous because they don't know jack about fashion and the like.

6/27/2006 2:48 PM  
Blogger Loreen said...

As an Australian living in the UK, I don't think its fair to generalise in anyway. What is old and established in one country can very well be an emerging trend in another.

The UK (and Europe in general) is fanatically crazy about football (or soccer) whereas until we qualified for the World Cup, not many people in Australia would really pay attention to football. Rather, Australians are more into their cricket, swimming, and the national sport is really something called "Aussie Rules" footy.

Having said all that, I do have friends in Australia who are waking up and staying up to ridiculous hours just to catch the Australian World Cup games. Friends who I would have never picked to do that and would certainly not stay up to watch Champions / Premier League games, so I think it is a fair comment to say interest peaks around World Cup time...just like other sports during the Olympics as pointed out by an earlier post.

And yes...we were robbed!!

Re: summer fashion in Prague, when I went last August, all I saw were tourists.

6/27/2006 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Understanding fashion is more than knowing labels, designers, collections, materials, and models.

It's frequently important to have some understanding of the social dynamics that give rise to new trends and designs. What socio-economic, cultural, musical, and political influences inspired the clothes of the 80s and 90s and why are they back? It won't always be interesting to take such a macroscopic approach to fashion, but in the case of thinking about why soccer seems popular, politics, history, and culture are essential reference points.

Trends don't exist in a vacuum, and a good writer can comment intelligently on the ways aesthetic trends interact with broader social themes and events.

6/27/2006 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Loreen, for the comment about Prague!

6/27/2006 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...found your blog, loreen, and your awesome pictures of prague! perfect! best pics i've seen of the area, and, as a bonus, i can see what everyone is wearing, and, yes, it does look touristy! but amazingly beautiful, thanks so much for your help

6/27/2006 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Janice said...

hey, Canada does have a soccer team by the way =) they just aren't that good

6/28/2006 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wouldn't exactly say that the US doesn't care about the world cup cause at my university several people have shown up to class favoring the team of germany or whatever. My mom's co-workers are all into it and several other people as well.

6/28/2006 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Romina, from Argentina. I agree whith the 'K' post (6/06/2006 10:06 am). Here we feel the same, my country has won the world cup two times, so imagine the fever!!! Everybody is crazy with football...

6/28/2006 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm living in Wales (in UK for all you people around the world). And the World Cup is just beginning to grate. Football is a game for boys who don't want to get dirty or rough, all they do is ponce around with a football kicking it back and for. Rugby, however, now that's a sport. It's like American Football only with alot more muddiness and tackling. Surely guys with broad shoulders and aggression are far nice than the "spice boys", diamond earring wearing, feminine lads on the soccer pitch??

6/28/2006 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

soccer is for ponces? really? what about all the hooliganism and skin head culture associated with soccer? there's a lot of ladishness in soccer if that's what turns you on.

6/29/2006 2:01 AM  
Blogger VertigoVirgo said...

I really don't care either way....footballers are hot, especially when you start talkin' South America and the Islands. Oh, GO ARSENAL!!!

6/29/2006 3:56 AM  
Blogger André. Post protegido © said...

Latin America is obsessed with soccer. In Brasil, all the friends reunite to watch the World Cup games and everything close... since EVER. Anywhere but US is obsessed with the World Cup...

6/29/2006 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And WTF? Is people dumb? Europe/Asia? What about Latin America? Hello?! The two biggest teams comes from Brasil and Argentina, DUH!

6/29/2006 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6% of americans are watching the world cup, according to CNN.

6/29/2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger AngieDawn said...

My question is-- Do they really need to both be showing their bras off during the game?

6/30/2006 3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not fashionable here in the U.S. Most people didn't even know it was going on! It's a shame, really. I LOVE soccer players, they're really the hottest atheletes out there (no, sorry, this is not debatable). Anyway, I do agree though--the World Cup has made soccer popular. More people in chats and boards have been posting about how much they love it; upon closer interrogation, it was clear they knew only very superficial facts about the sport. Bottom Line: I'm glad Italy dominated! I was rooting for Brasil, myself.

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