As the United States men’s national team takes part in its first World Cup since Brazil in 2014, a chant from American fans raises eyebrows.
On Monday night, as the Stars and Stripes took on Wales, fans chanted: ‘It’s called football! It’s called soccer!” a riff on America’s insistence on using its own name for the game virtually everyone calls soccer.
A clip of former NFL player Chad Ochocinco Johnson leading chants posted on Fox Soccer’s TikTok account has nearly 700,000 views, although some football/soccer fans aren’t feeling it.
“USA should be banned from playing in the World Cup,” one commenter said below the video.
“Ask them what FIFA means,” said another, referring to football’s intentional governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
While their chants may not be doing them any favors, American fans have had something to look forward to at the World Cup so far.
In their Group B opener against Wales at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed Ali Stadium, the young American side took the lead through a goal from Timothy Weah, although veteran striker Gareth Bale equalized later with a penalty for the Dragons.
American fans aren’t the only ones playing the great ‘soccer’ vs. ‘soccer’ debate.
A FritoLay ad campaign featuring football greats like Mia Hamm, David Beckham and Brandi Chastain, along with other athletes like former NFL player Peyton Manning features the athletes debating the real name of the beautiful game.
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