If you frequently surf the Internet or have watched television in recent days, you probably know by now that the Football (soccer) World Cup began today in Germany.  Even if you’re not a big fan of soccer and are just mildly curious about the sport, you probably still have a favorite team you’re rooting for to win the cup.  If you’re American, it’s probably the American team; if you’re Korean, you are no doubt rooting for Korea to win it all.  I’m not a soccer fanatic, but I do enjoy following the sport during the World Cup.  News about soccer and the World Cup are plentiful here in South Korea because Korea, along with Japan, co-hosted the event in 2002.  I’m in a bit of dilemma this year, because my host country, South Korea, my national team, the United States, and my upcoming host country, Paraguay, all qualified to compete in this year’s World Cup. 
 
So which team should I root for to win the World Cup?  Most definitely NOT Brazil, which I believe will win yet another World Cup again this year.  I’m rooting for Paraguay, which unfortunately is down 1-0 to England as I write.  Why Paraguay?  Because I love an underdog, and I love to see a small country like Paraguay (population 6.1 million) achieve greatness.  Still, Paraguay has a very tough road ahead of it.  While I hope it wins the Cup, it’s more realistic to root for the Paraguayos to advance beyond their pool (Group B).  Of course, I would be thrilled to see the United States or Korea also reach the World Cup finals, but in the final game, if Paraguay were a contender, I would be rooting for Paraguay to win it all.  Viva el Paraguay! 
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    June 11, 2006    

    You would root for Paraguay over the US of A? 
    You have been abroad too long.  Traitor!

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