I grew up in a sports town – mostly football, but also hockey, and a baseball team that didn’t have a winning season the whole time I was growing up – but I was never into soccer. I even lived near a park where tons of kids would flock to play soccer every Saturday. When my mom asked if I wanted to play, my response was “meh.” My younger self was a hipster for sure. (I did play basketball, though.)
So if you had told me a year or two ago that I’d be stoked for the World Cup, I would have been skeptical. I remember watching some games at a bar the last time it happened, and the whole thing was well, foreign to me. But that’s one of the things I love about soccer now – it truly is a global sport, and America really needs to get with it.
Admittedly most of my knowledge of soccer comes from Netflix’s hilarious Club de Cuervos, but my newfound fondness for the sport comes from someone else I’m quite fond of – my boyfriend. (Getting into sports for a guy? I’m such a cliche.) He watches games and commentary even more than I watch the Food Network, and that’s saying something. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy seeing people enjoy things. And I’m a curious person, so I wanted to see if I would enjoy it too.
I’ve always loved how sports can bring people together, and the communities surrounding soccer teams are straight up impressive. The energy level the fans maintain throughout the game rivals the players sometimes. So my World Cup sticker is my little tribute to this great sport and the culture around it. Yes, my stickers are first and foremost fun little doodles, but just know that they’re made with love, too.