This week is the World Cup soccer tournament being held in Brazil. Even though I am not the biggest soccer fan, I am looking forward to watching one of the greatest sports tournaments in the world. Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world and the World Cup is the ultimate stage. I have to admit I am hoping the U.S. team can make a good run but they really have their work cut out for them being in the same group as Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. Only 2 of the 4 teams from group play advance to the next round.
The interesting thing about the World Cup is that it is perhaps the most watched tournament in the world. The World Cup is truly on the world stage. This reminds me of the Great Commission which Jesus gave the disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This is exactly why SportsFaith exists! To follow the command of Jesus by telling others about the unchanging message of the Gospel! We simply want to use sports as a way to share the incredible news of God’s grace! And there is perhaps no bigger stage in sports than the World Cup.
With the World Cup starting this week, I’d love to hear who you are picking to advance to the final four. As much as I am cheering for the U.S., my final four includes Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Italy. In the finals, I’m going with Brazil over Argentina. One of my favorite players to watch is Lionel Messi of Argentina. He is arguably the greatest soccer player in the world. Who is your final four and eventual champion? Also, do you think the U.S. team will be able to advance past the group stage of the World Cup?
Post your pick and if you are correct you could win a $100 VISA gift card!