The final game of our trip and a chance to see a team that started my wider exposure to football, different nationalities and their associated cultural heritage, Holland. I suspect the Netherlands is now more technically and politically correct but they'll always be Holland to me and my reference point to how the beautiful game … Continue reading Oranje is the Colour and a slight Football Rant (Netherlands v Costa Rica – Game 8)
A great view in the arena Fonte Nova. Up in the gods but you could watch the game unfold and the gaps open as Belgium tried to pry open the American nut. Plus the sunset over the stadium was pretty special. A tough game to watch for a US fan as chances were thin on … Continue reading Mayo with your Fries (Belgium v USA – Game 7)
Our last game, and last full day, in Recife and so a lot to fit in... First up, take the metro to the stadium. No significant issue there though the metro station did look like it doubled as a set for a post apocalyptic film. Recife, it a should be noted, was the least prepared … Continue reading Tico Time and off the beaten path (Costa Rica v Greece – Game 6)
So we checked out of Fortaleza and, due to a friend's sense of adventure (and slight fear of flying), we headed for the rodoviaria (bus station) for a night bus to Recife. A mere 13.5 hours distant. These old bones aren't made for that kind of sitting so we'd opted for the leito (sleeper) service … Continue reading Buses, a Deluge and Muller Lite (Germany v USA – Game 5)
Our lowest key game in terms of football expectations, perhaps unfairly, but there's anyways something to be seen at the world cup. But first lunch. A local restaurant just across from the ground, friendly and well at up for local events judging by the great menu, though I did skip the hot drinks. The order … Continue reading Greek Bailout and Grace Jones (Greece vs Ivory Coast – Game 4)
Just in case the game is a snooze fest, bring a book and a phone to cover all your bases. Definitely a lady with a plan who likes to stay occupied. Greece vs Ivory Coast if you're asking. Tchau
Who needs the fancy dan goal line tech when a compact camera from 70 yards away at the wrong angle clearly does the business? He shoots, he scores (him and me). Greece's, at the death, winning penalty against Ivory Coast (Tuesday, June 24th).