There's a stereotype out there that Americans don't know anything about the World Cup. I personally don't think it's entirely fair–for instance, I know about as much about the World Cup as I do about American sports, which is to say not a lot but some things. But now there's a new video that decides to find out just how much Americans do know about the World Cup, and the results are...embarrassing.
For the record, the World Cup is about the biggest international sporting event on Earth. In 2010, a total of 2.2 billion households watched at least one match for at least 20 minutes, and each match averaged 188 million viewers. And people take it so seriously that fans have been known to set the flags of opposing teams on fire. So the fact that Americans don't know anything about it is kind of a sign of how out of touch with the rest of the world we really are.
I mean, the US team is even playing in the World Cup and people still don't know anything about the tournament. Though to be fair, I wouldn't have been able to name any players, either. So I feel for you on that one, people in this video. But then an embarrassing number of you thought that only two teams play in the World Cup and you kind of lost my sympathy.
Ouch. If anyone wants to learn more about this crazy international football (or soccer, whatever) spectacle, the most fun way is to just watch, and here are some suggestions how. Now go get drunk and educate yourselves.