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By Ian Holliday

Cross-posted at Po-Tee-Weet?

It’s been a while since my last column for 6S1B, partly due to the fact that I was out of the country from May 29 to June 8. But now I’m back, and I’d like to talk about my experience staying at the Taizé Community as they relate to the 2010 World Cup and soccer’s position as the greatest sport in the world.

Without going into too much detail, Taizé is a small village in France about 100 km north of Lyon. It’s famous for the monastic community that welcomes 17 to 29 year-olds to join them in prayer, work, and discussion groups year-round. Most people go for one week at a time, from Sunday to Sunday, which is what I did.

This was my second trip to Taizé, and one of my favorite parts of the experience this year was meeting people from all over the world and talking soccer with them. In my time at Taizé I met a Mexican who had been in Germany for a 2005 Confederations Cup match against Greece, a Canadian who was unaware his nation even fielded a team (we had a good laugh about the 2010 Olympic Men’s Hockey Final though), a Portuguese-born French citizen who promised to support his country of birth if it came up against his country of residence, and several Germans who were surprised to find an American who could name more than one player (Michael Ballack) on their team.

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…but am catching the middle innings of the Mets-Phillies game while waiting for Breaking Bad and saw this for the first time.  Probably old news, yes, but what a fantastic ad.

Consider me excited.

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