This list is thanks to a dear friend, Jose, who knows just a little bit more about the soccer tournaments. This is his top 5 list and I definitely agree with it.
1. World Cup
2. Euro Cup
3. Champions League
4. Copa América (American Cup)
The World Cup is a world-wide tournament that is played once every 4 years. This time is filled with such excitement and competition between countries. People take pride in their country and wear their colors, talk trash about other teams, and fill the sports bars on game days. Ask anyone who has been around people who are passionate about the sport during one of these games, things get intense. To be in the country at the time of the World Cup is even more intense. The World Cup takes place in a different country each year, similar to the Olympics. The places get voted on and then decided. Last summer it was in South Africa, and in 2010 it will be in Brazil.
The Euro Cup is a European tournament that is also played once every 4 years. This is a time when Americans can choose a European team and not have to feel guilty about not choosing America to win. There are 9 groups and they play down to the finals. This tournament also takes place in the summer and is held in a different European country each year.
The Champions League is similar to the Euro Cup, but it is help annually. It is said to be one of the most prestigious cups for soccer. This cup however, is played by the clubs rather than the countries. Everything else is the pretty much the same as the Euro Cup.
Copa América is a tournament played by South America. This is Latin America’s version of the Euro Cup. The brackets consist of twelve teams. This tournament is held every other year and normally within the 10 countries of the original Copa América confederation. This year it will be held in Argentina.
The Olympics is last on this list because it can be seen as a practice run for the world cup. It is played in the summer and once every 4 years. Each country participates just like any other sport in the Olympics. Next year the Olympics will be held in London.