Why do I love World Cup so much?
1. I love the sport of soccer. I am amazed by the athleticism of these men, who can run in terrible heat for 90+ minutes: The quick bursts of speed when the match is almost over, the shots with perfect accuracy that sail past several players to hit the back of the net, and the perfect passing. These are part of what made me fall in love with it.
2. I love the atmosphere. Here in Toronto, we have people from all over the world, and I have been seeing flags decked out in flags from so many different countries. I love the kinship I have when I ask the couriers who come by our work about their teams, and they realize that I am one of them. I enjoy seeing the crazy fans with their costumes and face paint. There was a US fan the other day who was sitting in the hot Brazilian sun wearing an eagle head over his face. I can't imagine how uncomfortable he must have been, but he sure was a fan.
|Fun Spanish fan in Gdansk|
3. It brings back memories. I've mentioned this before, but the 2002 World Cup was a huge deal for me and my friends when I lived abroad, and I can't sit through a Germany game without wanting to email my old friends and reminisce. Likewise, Gil and I really cemented our relationship when we went to South Africa for the 2010 cup and had the pleasure of going to Poland for Euro 2012 when we were still hapless newlyweds.
|With friends following the 2002 World Cup final. Yes, we deliberately coordinated our shirts. :)|
4. I love sharing soccer with my husband. He told me once that before we met, he was talking to a his friend's mom, who he considers kind of a second mother, and he lamented that he wished he could meet a girl who would watch sports with him. I love that a love of the 'beautiful game' is something we share. Over the past week, we have spent some lovely days hanging out at home, watching games, and I will miss that when the tournament is over.
If you've been following along here, it's no secret that I've been having a rough time this year. Somehow, pouring myself into the World Cup has been like a balm for my soul, giving me at least one thing that makes me crazy happy, and reminding me of wonderful experiences in the past. Have you been watching? What's your team? And of course, LOS GEHT'S DEUTSHCLAND!