From start to finish, I have kept up with FIFA World Cup 2010 which is played every four years. In 2006, I watched it sporadically so, this year, I decided to find out what it’s all about. The first thing I learned was all about vuvuzelas. They are the long horns fans use to show support for their team or to annoy the other team. I haven’t determined which yet. The noise was so distracting at first that I found it hard to concentrate on the games. It felt like my head was full of buzzing bees.
After a while, I began to get a feel for the game and the teams. Reminding me of the NCAA basketball tourney, March Madness, elimination, World Cup starts with 32 teams who qualified to play in this tournament. These teams are culled down to 16 for the knockout round where the losing team is eliminated and the winner goes into the semifinals and so on until we reach the finals. Yesterday, they played the final game for the 2010 contest. It went the full 90 minutes without a score, or as it is called nil, nil.
Since they started the knockout round, there could be no draws, or nil, nil games; therefore, they have a 30 minute overtime. If there is still no score, they do a shootout. The team that gets the best of five goals wins the game.
So, here we are, final game between Netherlands and Spain and it goes into overtime. With two minutes left in overtime and still no score, a penalty is called against Netherlands which means a free kick for Spain. I wait with bated breath to see what would happen. Spain has never won a World Cup. Would this kick be a good one or would it go wide or over the net?
Could they, would they, and that’s when I lost Directv coverage due to a storm. I alternated between laughing like a loon and screaming in frustration. After about three minutes, the picture came back on and I found out that Spain had won, but it was so anticlimatic. I never did see the kick. I had watched this tournament since mid-June missing very few games only to miss the final kick.
I learned a lot about futbol and will try to find some games with our American team to learn the players and the team’s ability. Here’s to all the teams and their efforts. It was a good show and I enjoyed it. Can’t wait for 2014 in Brazil. Anyone know where I can buy a vuvuzela?