Four years ago, I didn’t have a favourite team to support. But by the end of that journey, I had fallen in love with how a few teams played – 2 of them were Germany and Netherlands. Especially Germany. Did you remember how they did in South Africa? AWESOME! And they got third place.
So understandably, I came into this year’s Cup consciously supporting Germany.
And they sure didn’t dissapoint did they?! :D
They are now in the brink of winning the Cup in a few hours! Against Argentina.
Regardless what happens in the Finals, they’re pretty much guaranteed my support for the next four years and beyond. :) #GoGermany #worldcup2014
But before that, let’s recap this amazingly-unpredictable journey this year!
It began on 13 June (exactly a month ago)…32 nations…
And the very first match was Brazil (host) vs Croatia.
The host won…
But penalties and an own goal…I wasn’t convinced.
And the first shocker this World Cup:
Spain (the champion 4 years ago in South Africa) lost. BADLY. 5-1!
I expected a tight match between defending-title holders and a strong team like Netherlands but that was not the case.
And then it was England & Italy’s turn…
And Japan to play first representing Asia!
And then Argentina & Bosnia-Herzegovina
And then the match I was looking forward to – Germany’s first group match.
Easy win againt Portugal (who supposedly had the world’s best player???) who were having an off-day.
Next Asian rep, Korea!
Korea vs Russia…and Brazil still not convincing against Belgium. Hhmm…
Then came the next group match for Netherlands.
Again, an impressive game by Oranje…and again, a shocking performance by Spain.
Also an “ugly” sight in football – headbutting – especially against your own teammate. WTH?
But there were already pretty interesting things noted from the matches thus far:
And a famous doppelganger!
Haaaaaave you met Ted?
How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby has a doppelganger – and his name is Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa!
And he’s an excellent goalkeeper too!
Japan tied with Greece in their next group match…
And Costa Rica makes it into the Knockout Stages! Against Italy.
The Swiss vs France match was inspiring…
And apart from doppelgangers, there were half-brothers too!
Iran was impressive…
Iran’s goalkeeper Amir Begovic
But Argentina moves on to the Knockout Stages.
Ghana was impressive too against Germany but of course, Germany won.
And Portugal…again, disappointing.
And then, when you thought headbutts were ugly, there came a man named Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Yup. He totally clouded the achievement of Uruguay going into the Knockout Stages.
And whilst Germany & USA book their spot in the Knockout Stages, Portugal (obviously) & Ghana was heading home…
And then there were 16…
It’s 1 chance or go home now and 16 remaining nations fought for their spot in the Semi-finals.
The host Brazil was the first in after beating Chile in a penalty shoot-out, joined by Colombia with Uruguay leaving to join their teammate Luis Suarez back home.
I just really don’t like penalty shoot-outs!
And the Argentina vs Switzerland match was meme-convenient hehe:
Mexico & Ochoa had to leave…after a last minute goal by Oranje.
And Germany make it through against Algeria – albeit it took longer than expected.
And then, there were 8…
THE LAST 8
Germany again made it through against France. Woohoo!
And something funny during that match too…
(Find out later that somehow Mueller is related to Malaysia. I have no comment.)
Next, Brazil books the Semi against Germany…but without 2 important people:
Neymar & Silva would not be playing…to catastrophic results against Germany! (But I’m getting slighted ahead of myself)
And Netherlands vs Costa Rica wasn’t as straight forward as most (including me) thought!
But a Krul-fate befell the Costa Ricans and Netherlands live to fight another day!
And then, there were 4…
THE LAST 4
When Netherlands defeated Spain 5-1 was shocking. Who ever thought there was a match that would be even more shocking?! And at a Semi-Final at that!
Germany went on to defeat Brazil (host) 7-1!!!
And Klose broke the world record too:
Germany impresses on and off the field.
And while the first semi-final was over by 20+mins…the second one between Netherlands and Argentina went completely the other extreme – to a penalty shoot-out!
Again, I JUST DON’T LIKE PENALTY SHOOT-OUTS!!!
And this time, Luck ran out for the Dutch… :(
So yup, it would be a Germany vs Argentina Final!!!
I had hoped it would be Germany vs Netherlands cos they’re my 2 favourite teams but I guess at least now I don’t have the dilemma of which team to support.
Or do I???
Say what now? LOL!
But actually no, there was never a doubt of which team I supported. Even if they had played against Netherlands, Germany is still #1 for me. :D
Finals happening in a few hours!!! *excited*
Meanwhile earlier this morning…
Netherlands secures 3rd place defeating Brazil…this time with Silva.
Not as shocking…but I do pity Brazil as host.
But yes, it all comes down to the Finals tonight/early tomorrow morning!!! #GoGermany
And signing off…This is me the whole month:
But TOTALLY worth it. ;)