Here we are again in the middle of another Soccer World Cup. In the mediawe see images of the whole world all revved up with enthusiasm for the so-called "King of Sports" or "The Most Popular Sport in the Planet". But herein the United States a majority of Americans are once again left wonderingwhat the hoopla is all about and perplexed at the passion soccer evokes.Soccer indeed can stir up very strong emotions. Wars have been started or temporarily suspended as a result of soccer matches. People have died or been injured as a result of clashes between soccer fans, and some peoplehave been known to commit suicide when their team did not win the WorldCup. Players have been marginalized for the rest of their lives, retired, or even killed for failing to win a game or for committing a crucial mistake thatled to the loss of a game. Referees have had to go into hiding for making acall considered unfair.The lives of entire groups of people around the globe revolve around the performance of their favorite teams, and the productivity of entire regions incertain countries goes up or down depending on whether the local soccer team wins. Certain teams and specific players have become legends. Their names and their feats are enshrined in museums and celebrated in word andsong. Certain infamous games or goals or other events during the gamewhere a team was "cheated" of a win, linger in the collective consciousnessof countries decades after the fact. Some are even still discussed andanalyzed nowadays with computer technology applied to ancient archivalfootage.