There is no shame in admitting that you turn into a soccer fan once every four years when the World Cup is taking place.
OK, there is a bit of shame in admitting that, but at least you don't miss the largest tournament of the beautiful game. The only thing is that the World Cup isn't even the largest tournament that the game of football has to offer.
Yes, it may be hard to believe, but the grand event we all witnessed this summer in Brazil isn't the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament. The honor of holding this title goes to a youth football tournament named the Gothia Cup, which is played annually in Gothenburg, Sweden, and whose latest installment kicked off on Sunday (July 13).
To gauge this event's enormity, check this out:
At the recently concluded Word Cup, 736 players from 32 countries participated in a total of 64 matches. Pretty fly, right? Well, at the Gothia Cup, 1,600 teams from 80 nations play 4,500 games each year.
This tournament of gigantic proportions was first held in 1975, and almost a million players from a total of 140 countries have participated in the tournament since then.
As its name suggests, the tournament features talented young footballers from all parts of the world, with the focus being not just to hone their on-field skills but to improve their living situations too.
Legends such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo, Alan Shearer and Xabi Alonso all played in the Gothia Cup in their youth.
Now that you know of this tournament that actually is the largest event in all sports, keep track of it through their website.