The 2014 FIFA World Cup has made for an exciting summer of sport! Thirty-two teams competed in Brazil for the 20th edition of the biggest international soccer tournament in the world. As we enter the final week of the World Cup, excitement is building as more teams get eliminated and we enter the semi-final games. While the World Cup has people of every nation cheering for their favorite team, the library is a great place to keep you connected with all the World Cup excitement! The Toronto Reference Library, Fort York Branch and Bloor/Gladstone Branch are all showing games on TV screens at the branch. There are also a number of great soccer books for families to read together to keep you soccer satiated all summer long!
Did you know?
- With 3.5+ billion fans, soccer is the most popular sport on the planet
- Although soccer is most popular in Europe and South America, its origins can be traced to China, more than 2,200 years ago
- The first ever soccer World Cup was held in the year 1930, which was won by the host country, Uruguay
- India pulled out from the 1950 World Cup because the players were not allowed to play in bare feet
- Brazil has won 5 World Cups, which is the most by any country!
Here is some recommended soccer reading for families:
Enjoy the last week of excitement of World Cup Soccer action!