back to normal for soccer fan
By Jed C. Christensen
July 25, 2006 | The first of June, Dave Essig was
beside himself in anticipation for the World Cup. He
spent almost $30 extra on his television services just
to have the ability to record every game during June.
Essig's love for soccer began when he was in sixth
grade. His sister started to play; he thought it looked
fun, so he started to play too. Essig played all through
his grade-school years. He finished high school playing
goalie, which is one of the most important positions.
Essig said that he has played soccer every week of his
life since high school. He currently plays on a Utah
State University indoor league.
He still enjoys playing soccer, but from June 9 through
July 9 while the World Cup was being held in Germany,
Essig could barely fit soccer playing in to his schedule.
He watched at least part of every game if not all of
it. Essg said that with his $30 purchase he was able
to replay every goal. That means that he watched a total
of 145 goals through the month. Essig said he probably
spent about 60 hours watching soccer.
Essig admits that he is going though soccer withdrawals.
He said, "Once the final is over, you get that empty
feeling," but he feels he'll be over it soon. One bonus
is that he has more time to play soccer. Essig will
have to wait four more years to satisfy his hunger for
the World Cup.
Essig is not the only one that loves the World Cup.
Many people probably saw at least part of one game without
even knowing it; whether in a restaurant, somebody's
computer at work, or even on the news. The World Cup
The World Cup has taken place every four years since
1930 with the exception of 1942 and 1946 because of
World War II. During the 18 World Cups, only seven teams
have won. Brazil has won five times, Italy four times,
Germany three times, Uruguay and Argentina with two
wins, and England and France each with one win. Only
two teams out side of South America and Europe have
ever reached the semi finals, and those two teams were
South Korea in 2002 and the United States in 1930.
When asked if he will devote as much time to the World
Cup four years down the road, Essig said if he is married
he hopes his wife will let him, but if not, he said,
"Maybe I'll fly in if I'm single."
In the meantime, Essig is looking forward to the game
between Real Madrid and Real Salt Lake. He said that
even though Real Salt Lake will struggle, it will be
fun to watch some amazing players from Real Madrid play.
He compares the match up to the New York Yankees playing
the Salt Lake Buzz.