I didn’t know much about football. I knew that Americans called the game “soccer” and that we didn’t play it very often. I didn’t even know the World Cup was as big of a deal as the rest of my study-abroad friends made it out to be. Back home, we didn’t bother with the game. The Stanley Cup, sure, the World Series, definitely. Soccer — football — was such an obscure pastime that I didn’t even know which teams were playing in the final.