I think the first time i grasped the real meaning of World Cup is back when watching the final replay of 1998 between France and Brazil. I was just 10 years old, a primary school student. Back then, Ronaldo was the hugest football star on Earth and a lot of hype surrounded him. However, it was the sheer awesomeness of Zinedine Zidane that really knocked my head about how huge World Cup business was when he single-handedly demolish the much fancied Brazilians to smithereens. A couple of years passed, and i have tried my best not to miss either UEFA Euro’s, a couple of Champions League’s finals, SEA Games, and most definitely the World Cups.
There are many moments that remain highly imprinted in my mind, from the grittiness and discipline of South Korea into the semi-final of 2002 (another awesome work by Guus Hiddink), to the entertainment and delight of watching Argentina play in 2006(Riquelme and introduction of Messi) ,to the heartbreaking quarterfinal match between Netherlands and Portugal in 2006(that forever stamped my utter disgust for Christiano Ronaldo), and to the most infamous headbutting incident of France’s Zidane towards Italy’s Materrazzi in the final of 2006. I was present all the way,live, along with thousands of football fans across the world.
Being in another hemisphere of the globe helps alot for this 2010’th edition, since all matches is played during the daytime and it was during the school holidays.
So. Please dont get annoyed if i bombard my facebook or twitter status about football matches–trust me, it’s only once every 4 years. Also, give me a break, it’s the ONLY sport i follow internationally since i was 13 years old,aside from badminton so i am not going to mince my words if i declare that i am very confident in saying my piece about a match.
P/s: Americans really suck at giving football analysis. Or soccer. Whatever.