The World Cup final is one of the few events in sport that garner the willing attention of people who know little-to-nothing about the participants, if not the sport. The Super Bowl is another example, as are the Olympics, but for almost any other major sporting event you won’t get a question like "What happens next?" At various places around the world today, a new soccer fan will be asking the person seated TV-center what the players will do if somebody happens to touch the ball with their hand. It's the best day of the year to try and bring the Beautiful Game to a potential life-long addict. Go for it, enabler.
We here at SB Nation are neither qualified nor inclined to explain all the rules (being the evil kind people that would make-up stories about prison sentences for playing outside the lines), but where we can help you is with the main actors. Through the hours leading up to today's 2:30 p.m. Eastern kick-off, we will be releasing brief player profiles, the hope being that we can give you at least one piece of information that you latch onto about each key player, providing you with some context for his performance.
And for those people who already are world soccer addicts, we hope to give you a series of posts you’ll enjoy flipping through in those anxious moments before Howard Webb blows his whistle and drops his arm.