Soccer is the world's most popular sport. Icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham continue to excite fans from across the globe, and new superstars are constantly emerging. When a legendary team like Real Madrid or Manchester United comes to town, StubHub has the tickets to get fans through the gates and into the heart of the action.
More about international soccer
Variations of soccer have been played for more than 2,000 years in countries like China, Greece and Italy, and the sport is now more popular than ever. Today, the international soccer experience can take a couple of different forms. The biggest international soccer event is, of course, the World Cup. In the World Cup, the Copa America and other tournaments, national teams face off against one another. These events have a special flavor all their own. People root for their country against the rest of the region, or the world, for bragging rights. An exposition between national teams is always a big, bright event. They attract huge crowds, and often, there are accompanying festivals before the kickoff. Attending this type of event can mean great music and food in addition to a great game.
The international soccer experience
International soccer can bring out the best in any crowd. When Mexico and Korea play, entire neighborhoods in cities like Los Angeles will stop to take in the action. Being part of a crowd and rooting for one's country of origin is a very special feeling. Best of all, apart from some friendly ribbing, international soccer crowds are very respectful and family-friendly. People admire the abilities of the players, and they relish the opportunity to see icons from such world-renowned soccer leagues as La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
The impact of an international soccer tour
One exciting type of international soccer event is when two teams from leagues overseas come to the U.S. For example, Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona faced off at one of America's most iconic venues, the Rose Bowl, in 2018. This was not only a big deal for British and Spanish expatriates in Southern California; it was also an amazing introduction to world-class football for many of the residents of Pasadena and the Greater Los Angeles area. This event brought the Premier League and La Liga to the attention of a whole new audience. North American fans can catch a wide array of "friendly" international games every season, enjoying such rare pairings as Manchester United vs. Barcelona or Real Madrid vs. Liverpool FC.
More international sporting events
Soccer is not the only sport that brings countries from around the world together; sports like Formula One racing and rugby also have a truly international feel. Attending international sporting events can be a great way to expand one's horizons; it's an excellent way to learn about new sports, meet interesting people and feel like a part of something bigger.Back to Top
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