Journal / Book Title
Trends, School of Communication and Media, Montclair State University
While the World Cup is historically a source of national pride for competing nations, the globalization of the sport of soccer and the expansion of coverage of top soccer leagues from around the world also creates the opportunity for sports fans to build a strong sense of fandom for athletes from around the globe. Therefore, while we would expect fans to cheer for their “home” nation and athletes in the upcoming World Cup, we also recognize that fans may have cheering alliances that reside outside national borders. Using the United States as example, its fans have increasingly chosen favorite teams and players from international leagues such as the English Premier League (EPL) and Spain’s LaLiga, both which employ star athletes from around the world. Thus, it is likely that fans across the globe may have rooting interests outside of their home nation.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Choi, Jin-A; Luo, Yi; Andon, Stephen P.; Benton, Bond; Green, Keith; and Strudler, Keith, "An Analysis Of Players, Teams And Trends As The World Cup Approaches" (2022). School of Communication and Media Scholarship and Creative Works. 34.