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Mexican Marksmen and Flying Dutchmen – World Cup Is Here Again!

Posted in Blog Entry in English by yemenity2010 on 14/06/2014

footballfans-quito-2006Sunny days. World Cup. About to start my vacation soon. Good combination, all in all. Although, the weather tends to change rapidly here in Sweden even in the summertime. And even of it turns out to be a really good summer weatherwise, I’ll probably miss out on most of it. On the other hand, it’ll probably be warmer still where we’re going. And exactly how many World Cup games I’ll be able to watch is a little uncertain. But I shouldn’t complain. We’re off to Mexico, my wife’s tierra de origen – homeland, if things go as planned.

A crucial World Cup match with uncertain outcome. One of the teams has already entertained the world and become international darlings. They also start out well enough, getting the upper hand with the help of a penalty shot. Just before the break, though, an individual mistake results in the opponents being able to equalize. And, in the second half, the game has completely changed. The opponents manage to score four times, and move on to the quarter finals. Where? When? What? Who?

We’re talking about Denmark and Spain, somewhere in Mexico, summer 1986. It’s been a while and my memories might not be as accurate as I would wish. The red and white world-charming Danes, previously beating Uruguay 6-1 and Germany 2-0, lost momentum and were eliminated by the Spaniards. You know, the ones who never, ever used to win anything. Until this past decade when things turned around and they established themselves as the ruling masters; champions three times consecutively; FIFA World Cup 2010, UEFA European Championships 2008 and 2012. Yesterday they were on the receiving end of a thrashing eerily resembling the one they generously inflicted on the Danes 28 years ago. Oh well, you probably know this already. By now the reigning champions’ defeat by the Dutch is already the stuff legends are made of. Or nightmares, if you’re Spanish. It could just possibly be the best game we’ll get to see in this tournament. Even though there are still a few to go…

mexican-tshirt-2011Before that, we spent the Friday evening celebrating the Mexican victory over Cameroon. ‘Only’ 1-0 in the end, but of course you’ll have to take into account the two Mexican goals mysteriously annulled by the referee in the first half. Since they happen to be competing in the same group as hosts Brazil and Croatia, those three points could be of some importance… Latinamerica in general seems off to a decent start, with Chile beating Australia 3-1 (not without trouble) and Colombia – at the time of writing this sentence – seemingly controlling their game against Greece, with a 2-0 advantage in the final minutes. Wait, make that 3-0. Amen. I’ve never much liked the Greek national team. Their general MO seems to be boring the resistance into submission. How they managed to actually win the UEFA Championship ten years ago is still something of a mystery. Tomorrow it’s Ecuador’s turn, playing Switzerland. Having lived in the Andean country for three years (2003-2006) I still have a lot of affection for their source of national pride, El Tricolor. Even if few experts put any faith in their opportunities of advancing from the group stage.

Anyway, further reports on the World Cup – and the Mexican adventure – are absolutely part of the plan this summer. But any guarantees are difficult to give at this point. Anything can happen…

More or less unrelated news: Yes, even our household has become addicted to Netflix. Partly because of their original productions such as ”House of Cards” and ”Orange Is the New Black” (a title now quickly becoming associated with the already mentioned Holland footballers, usually dressed in said colour). But also for the opportunity to catch up on previously unseen seasons of ”Breaking Bad” and ”24”, the controversial and frequently over-the-top but undoubtedly exciting drama series concerning counterterrorism in a cold, hard post-9/11-world. That in turn reminded me of a satirical cartoon with religious implications, from Sacred Sandwich. If you really want results, whatever the situation or purpose – it takes a Jack Bauer to make it happen. If only…

Photos: Ecuadorean football fans preparing for a game in Quito, probably sometime in A.D. 2005; Mexican t-shirt, on display in the city of Querétaro, late 2011. 

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