LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/NOV/2005 6:26 PM|
Soccer is indeed perceived as an "elite" sport in America. That is the main reason upper-middle class stay home mothers are often referred to as "soccer moms". You see, most of the other sports (basketball, footbal, baseball, etc) are perceived as being 'common' among the masses by these people - thus not elite. Nonetheless, soccer being more of a "European kind of sport", has a special kind of appeal to them (the well-to-do crowd) as it apparently makes them feel like they practice an elite, finnese sport.
Now, you may ask: why did I say "european kind of sport"? Well, you see, Tiago, many people belonging to the upper classes of America are very Europhilic.
Like Dale pointed out soccer or called football in Europe and futebol in Portuguese is really an immigrants' sport in the USA. Unless something escaped me, I don't think immigrants are yet in the middle upper class in general. If mostly played by immigrants, I don't think it is an elite sport either, unless the immigrants are now considered to be elite.
Even if the American upper classes are Europhilic, (and what's wrong with that?) I think that most and fore all, Americans are also Americaphilics and go for typical American sports.
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