As many of you know, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been in full swing for the past 3 weeks. As a former soccer player and life-long soccer enthusiast, S has been looking forward to this tournament since, well, the last World Cup in 2010. You might say that I also have an interest in the tournament, but more so in a casual/news headline kind of way. Nevertheless, this is my first World Cup living in a country with a team in the tournament so I’m excited to support the German national team and tune in on game day.Here’s a brief review of our World Cup dedication:
S: Vigilantly reading every World Cup news article, checking 11 Freunde, a popular German sports magazine, online daily if not hourly for updates, staying up to watch every German match (some going well past midnight even on weekdays), and wearing Nutella fan face paint.
Yesterday’s much-anticipated Germany versus Brazil semifinal game was a cause of much stress and anxiety in our flat yesterday. S was on edge from the kickoff until Germany scored their first goal. After an immediate sigh of relief, he said, “Okay, now Germany should just defend for the next 20 minutes to stay in control of the game.” Good idea, seems like the safe way to go.
Well, for any of you who watched the game last night (or know a soccer fan or follow any kind of social media), you know that what happened next was totally unprecedented in any World Cup semifinal game – 4 goals in 6 minutes starting after the 23-minute mark. The final score? 7-1 for Germany. A World Cup semifinal for the ages indeed.
Even in our tiny village, we heard fireworks, hoots, hollers and vuvuzelas from our normally quiet neighbourhood after every goal and for hours after the game. Let’s not forget that the game ended after midnight local time; these Germans know how to celebrate a soccer victory!
Are you watching the FIFA World Cup? Who are you cheering for?