World Cup is one of the most anticipated and biggest sporting events in the world. After all, it only happens once every four years. With a vigorously contested month of quality football, many persons around the world gather to watch this event in bars, lounges, theaters or their homes.
Jamaicans surely do love football and are very passionate about the sport and the teams they support. The Reggae Boyz aren’t in Brazil, and if you were to ask which teams most Jamaicans support (true fans or wagonists) you are sure to hear countries such as Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy and England.
With the semi-finals set to kick off in a few minutes, many of the big teams have performed more or less as expected. Brazil trumped Colombia in the quarter-finals – beating them 2-1, while Germany got the better of France with a 1-0 victory. Argentina also moved past the Belgians getting a 1-0 win, however Netherlands had a hard time defeating Costa Rica in the 90 minutes. That match then went into extra time and penalty shootout, where the Dutch finally clinched their victory.
The stage has been set, for what should be a very exciting semi-finals as the popular names you’ve expected to do well are about to meet. Upsets, victories and tears are sure to be seen over the next 27 hours.
Brazil will do battle against Germany, later today at 3pm.
But, what of the other popular teams you ask?
In case you weren’t following the proceedings of the tournament, a few of the teams many Jamaicans hold near and dear to their hearts, have been unceremoniously knocked out of the world cup. Persons have been sent into a frenzy of upsets, heart-breaks and depression, frantically trying to make sense of such an abrupt end to what was the beginning of their team’s World Cup 2014 campaign.
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo aka CR7 holds his head in despair. He was expected to carry his team to victory, however, that expectation quickly faded into a faint dream.
Spain: A big favourite for 2014, there were high hopes and massive expectations for these defending champions. They had a team filled with quality players but were unable to perform when it mattered most.
Italy: With four titles and two runners-up slots, this team was also expected to do well in the world cup, but had to face the disappointment of failing to move out of the group stage.
England: English fans suffered a devastating blow, having to watch their team finish at the bottom of Group D with 1 point – two losses a nil all match. This is a team filled with potential that will hopefully do better in the future.
This has been an exciting and surprising World Cup thus far; it is arguably the most exciting …. ever. It has seen the rise of teams that have been overlooked in the past, teams that have made it to the round of 16 for the first time in history, as well as the fall of teams that have had rich and successful World Cup campaigns in the past.
The ball is round.
This is the nature of the competition.
Only one team can win and every team wants to win!
This World Cup has definitely favoured the underdog teams so far. The next few hours will prepare us for the finals as the popular teams of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Netherlands are sure to battle to the final whistle.