We’ve had the Comunicado Oficial, former veep Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States of America on 20 January.
He dug out a victory in the electoral college and has promised to unite the nation after four years of Donald Trump’s chaos.
However, one thing the new man doesn’t have on his predecessor is that he has never
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Quite the omission on his CV.
Forget the big political picture then, what does Joe know about football/soccer?
Here’s everything there out there on the new leader of the free world’s interest in and history with the beautiful game…
Let’s be honest, it’s probably none. Other than the USMNT and USWNT, obviously.
Biden is reportedly a relatively big (American) sports fan and follows the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles in baseball and NFL, while he also is said to have a fondness for the New York Yankees due to his grandfather.
He follows no football clubs on social and has never once waded into a football Twitter argument (as far as we can tell). He has, however, attended World Cups in 2014 and 2015 and is a vocal supporter of both the US’ men and women’s teams.
Being from Pennsylvania originally and supporting the other Philly teams, it would make sense for Biden to back MLS franchise Philadelphia Union. He did attend their inaugural game in 2010 and wore their jacket. Basically an ultra by US politician standards.
Their name also ties into his message on unity. So…
Nothing to report on who the real GOAT is or whether Pep is a bald fraud, Biden’s (limited) public comments on football tend to be on two subjects: 1) the World Cup, and 2) equal pay.
The World Cup
After attending the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 – during which the US went out in the round of 16 to Belgium – Biden was hugely complimentary of the tournament.
“You have to attend the World Cup to [understand] what it means,” he said, via NBC Sports.
“It’s the most unusual sporting event I’ve ever attended, and I’ve attended thousands. It’s in the air, it’s a palpable sense of energy that I’ve never quite experienced.
“It’s the most consequential sporting event in the world…we have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, the NBA Finals, March Madness, but my Lord, there is nothing quite like the World Cup.”
On Equal Pay
Back in May, Biden backed the stars of the USWNT on their fight for equal pay with the men’s team, even threatening to pull funding for the country’s 2026 World Cup under his leadership if the issue had not been resolved.
With Biden to assume office in January, there could be some interesting/awkward negotiations to come soon.
Unsurprisingly given their relationship with Trump, many of women’s football biggest stars have come out in support of Biden; not least Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe who actually offered to be VP before Kamala Harris got given the gig.
Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn Soubrier and Mia Hamm have all been vocal on Twitter about their support for the new administration.
Unlike US stars in other sports (including Lebron James) precious few men’s football players have gone public with their political affiliations.
However, 96-cap USA defender turned pundit Alexi Lalas hinted at his views following the results this week with a tweet that simply read ‘we’re good people’ followed by the American flag. Nice.