LEVIN | Sit This World Cup Out

As citizens of the world, Cornellians love the most popular global sport: soccer. Some of our first memories are on the field. I started playing aged four and grew up dribbling past opponents, tackling heavy-set forwards and scoring to the applause of my family on the sidelines. At a time of great polarization in America and abroad, the beautiful game, as it’s called, unites us, but we also need to recognize when the principles of sportsmanship are ignored for greed — that is my concern with the Qatar World Cup, which opened on Nov. 20. 

CHASEN | Why Cornellians Should Care About Soccer

I first became interested in soccer because I’m an early riser who was looking for stuff to do on a Saturday morning. I was flipping through the channels looking for something to watch and settled on a game on NBC between Watford and Manchester United. While I could tell pretty quickly that Watford was the huge underdog in the game, I was immediately struck by the roar of their crowd.