Congratulations to the boys of Germany for winning their fourth World Cup on Sunday, July 13 in an intense match against Argentina.
For one month, my life was consumed with daily soccer matches, as the FIFA World Cup always bring my faux inner soccer fan to light. Now that it’s over, my every-four-years-soccer-fanatic-self will share the top five things I’ll miss until 2018.
The Unpredictable Outcomes:
I’ve been watching FIFA World Cups for about 12 years now. The tournament in Brazil has proven to be the most exciting and unpredictable array of matches I’ve seen in a long time. From European superpowers, like Italy and Spain, not making it past the first round to underdogs, like Costa Rica, making it to the quarter-finals. The matches themselves tugged at my heartstrings. The Netherlands beat the defending champions, Spain, in a humiliating 5-1 game and were left dazed when Germany annihilated Brazil in the semi-finals, 7-1.
Oh! The Drama:
The drama, the drama, the drama. Oy vey! From Cameroon’s Alex Song’s infamous elbow to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez going all vampire on an Italian player, the 2014 FIFA World Cup made some controversial, YouTube-worthy moments that will be pretty hard to forget.
The Eye Candy:
Neymar. Hulk. Ronaldo. Rojo. It’s no wonder that soccer players are considered the hottest athletes in the world….or at least the athletes with the hottest bodies (more specifically, bottoms). No, it didn’t hurt to admire physical attributes during the games. Comments like, “Oh, look at that dive,” would just give me another angle at which to awe. Was I the only one who wanted to console Hulk, of Brazil, after that loss, the one of which we will not speak?
I don’t have to tell you this, but watching the FIFA World Cup is a great way to bond (and bicker), all while spend time with family, friends, coworkers and perfect strangers. I’ll miss my World Cup morning conversations with my Argentinian-Canadian co-worker about the matches we watched the day before and whether our predictions were accurate.
The Final Game:
That was it. The 90 minutes we’d waited for all month long. Anticipation had been built up and tensions were high. Butterflies were flip-flopping inside stomachs, temporary tattoos were being etched on fans’ faces, arms, chests and those with only the best nail art skills etched their champion hopeful’s flag on the tips of their fingers. I would have loved to see Argentina bring it home for South America, however there was no stopping Germany, the team that proved themselves in every match since Thursday, June 12, 2014.
What were you favourite moments from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?