Among the many extraordinary experiences you will encounter this summer, you will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the soccer World Cup which is held from June 11 to July 11 in South Africa. Even if you are not a soccer fan, there is no escape and you will be carried away by the compassion and joy of this event … especially when Germany wins it all this year!
Similar to large sporting events in the US, it is quite common to socialize when watching matches with friends and families. In addition, many public locations will show important games on large screens and it is not uncommon to be in the company of hundreds of people. If you have the chance, go there with your friends and jump right in. It’s an experience you won’t forget…
Although you will receive a crash course in German soccer culture on location, it will help a great deal if you are familiar with the game, the teams, and basic customs. Knowing the name of each player on the German team is a must!
ZDF (Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen), one of the major German TV stations, created a special website covering South Africa and the World Cup just for kids. Check it out when you have the time. It contains information about the German team but also explores the culture and customs of the host nation.