Ghana's nickname is the black stars, as you can see on the side of their team bus here. On going out for a morning constitutional yesterday we noticed the Ghanaian team bus just a few streets over from our hotel. Not five minutes later the team walked past on there morning walk too. They were … Continue reading The Black Stars (Germany v Ghana – game 3)
I didn't have time to post this before so a quick note on game two of our football watching extravaganzas. This was our second trip to the Maracana and no less exciting for it. A tube train across town that at every station gathered more fans till we were full to bursting. To all intents … Continue reading Espana vs Chile (flashback to game 2 of the tour)
First Game and a trip to the Maracana. Intense, atmospheric and in your face. Arrival: Riot police, fandemonium and 4 helicopters overhead. The fans were trading songs and chants for 45 minutes before kick off trying to drown out the PA. With a mix of fans styles from standard through crazy to period. Argentina won … Continue reading Argentina vs Bosnia-H
Forgot to mention we also got a great welcome at the airport. After 18 hours of total travel this was enough to raise a smile. Fuleco the tournament mascot.
England's first game of the tournament and I'll be in the air (flying...not superman-esque obviously) so it's fingers crossed for the team and that there's not too much rioting back home depending how things go! Putting out positive thoughts that the players will give a good account of themselves and there's minimal carping in the press. … Continue reading England and Me on Deck
Todays the day, the culmination of years of preparation by people all round the world and especially the Brazilian hosts. The tournament kicks off with Brazil vs Croatia in Sao Paulo. There's been some unrest lately and threats of disruption due to some relevant concerns about whether the money assigned for the tournament could have been … Continue reading The Big Kick Off