One of the deepest human bonding exercises – nope, am not talking spirituality or karma but SPORT!
So how does it feel now that the world cup football nights are over? I am always amazed at how effectively a black and white ball can fly across boundaries of all kinds! Complete strangers cheer together, groan together and even exchange numbers once they have sat through a match together 🙂 Am a near novice but all my life I’ve been surrounded by football lovers… so the experience is happily inevitable!
This world cup was particularly bewildering with the favourites popping out of the way and others finding firm followers. The final match itself was rather baffling as both teams struggled through their way to the cup.
My favourite team this World Cup was Germany… yes I am quite biased in my choice because a chunk of my month was spent in Germany but my baptism occurred at the Munich Olympic Stadium. Here, on giant screens we watched Germany trounce England 4-0. David Beckham’s handsome long face apart… Alle Magne played the game and how!
The stadium burst into profusions of red, yellow and black every now and then as the Germans cheered their team on “Deutschland!!!” A German friend shared that they had not grown up in an atmosphere where flag waving and nationalism was a matter of pride. Given their chequered history of persecution and guilt, this was a new opportunity to celebrate their nation. Somehow that thought moved me very much… so as we heard thousands of bugles in the air, it felt great to be part of that surging spirit!
Yes it was sad when they didn’t make it to the finals… but any which ways it is football that WINS! 🙂