Students’ FIFA Fascination


Michael Shaker watches the World Cup.

Gizelle Salsa, Contributor

Michael Shaker watches the World Cup.

The events of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have left students spiraling with debate, excitement, and high tensions. 

The quadrennial football tournament began in late November, and has since been bringing together families, neighbors, peers, and nations. All around the high school at Seneca Valley, students and staff are showing their support by embracing their favorite country’s jersey and constant discussion. However, the main topic regards each individual’s winning predictions. 

“The World Cup has been very unpredictable this year, I have been shocked by all the upsets that happened. However, the last four teams all deserve to be there,” said Junior Michael Shaker. “I support Argentina and I think they will win it because Messi is the best. If Argentina doesn’t win it, I hope Morocco does.” 

In addition to conspiracies about which country will dominate the World Cup, many students have recently experienced losses from their favorite teams. The suspense and anticipation from these games has caused both anger an excitement. Students can be seen in all periods closely watching the matches on their phones and school laptops just awaiting the next goal. 

“I was originally rooting for Mexico, but when they got eliminated, I had to root for someone else. After many arguments with my friend about Mexico vs Argentina, I decided to start rooting for Argentina,” explained Junior, Emilia Garcia. “I literally watch every game in spare moments during class and they continue to surprise me.”  

 Ultimately, with all the uproar the FIFA World Cup brings upon Seneca Valley, it also brings new topics for students and staff to connect with. The games cause healthy discussion and spark new interests for people who may have never cared for soccer before this November.  

“I wasn’t planning to pay much attention to the World Cup this year, but after watching a ton of games over Thanksgiving break, I quickly picked some favorites,” said Junior Lydia Miller. “Whatever way the final ends, I’m happy that I grew so invested and learned so much about the hot players and the game.”