World Cup Embodies Unity and Diversity

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It’s a been a long month for soccer fans and their roller coaster of emotions as the FIFA World Cup has  finally ended.

Locals from the Grand Valley and people from all around the world gathered for 90 minutes for two teams playing one sport and one final game.

Sunday morning KAFM hosted a watch party where France and Croatia battled out for the title of the FIFA champion.

“The score doesn’t tell what was happening cause a goal can land within one minute of starting, within the last two seconds of the game it can happen any time. So it’s nerve wrecking. It’s not very good for your health,” said France fan, Stephen Dindinger.

But the World Cup embodies more than soccer players juggling around a ball and cheering teams on.

“If you look at the stands, there’s fans from Sweden, from Croatia, from Senegal, from wherever and they’re all their to watch soccer,” said Brad Junge, a Croatian Fan.

It’s a sport that encourages fandom to be expressed with jerseys, face paint and pride by singing one’s own national anthem. Locals say the experience brings in unity and diversity.

France beat Croatia 4-2 and are now the new FIFA World Cup Champions.

Up next will be the 2022 FIFA World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Qatar.

North America will host the 2026 World Cup with Denver being one of the potential cities where a game can be played.

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