My friend Johnamarie Macias (Be The Ewok!) brings us a fantastic look at the connections between Star Wars and the beautiful game of football (sorry, I can’t bring myself to call it ‘soccer’) over at The Official Star Wars Blog.

Whether it’s the Olympics or individual sport championships, world tournaments capture the hearts and support of millions across the globe. As far as competitions go, the FIFA World Cup is more than just a gathering and test of the best football (soccer) national teams. Every four years (and every waking moment in between), millions upon millions of passionate fans pour their hearts and souls into “the beautiful game.” In many ways, the Star Wars fandom resembles the football community due to the drive and dedication both worlds have in common.

And for what it’s worth, I support West Bromwich Alderaan.