The biggest soccer fiesta is on and “the boys are not smiling” (Whichever way you look at it), whenever soccer is mentioned some teams are standout when it comes to performance. Irrespective of the pressure of the game the big four in football are no push overs.
Brazil Argentina, Germany, Italy.( with due respect to FIFA ranking, these are my big four). The Brazilian atmosphere has an aroma in the air and it smells #Brazil2014worldcup.
No doubt, every of the 32 teams in the world cup came with the objective of showcasing their skills and prove their mettle by possibly clinging the cup. Every team on the pitch is a representative of the sum total of the population of their country football fans, and the pressure to impress these teaming loyal supporters have a way of making even the world’s best players look ordinary.
for instance four time world time footballer of the year and Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been accused of lack of loyalty for not scoring goals for his country. However, he shines like a million stars for his club FC Barcelona. Messi finally broke the imaginary jinx while scoring in his first game in the tournament. Speaking to the press after the match with Bosnia-Herzgovina Messi admitted being NERVOUS. Even with all the laurels in his closet, he is still human.
Current world footballer Christiana Ronaldo seems to have fought the better fight while qualifying his Portuguese team after a fierce battle in the hands of Sweden spearheaded by the legendary Zlatan Ibramovic. And with the Portuguese being bashed after their opener in the hands of the classic German Machines in this tournament, one is bound to simply wish Christiana Ronaldo godspeed on his Brazilian journey.
The Brazilians seem to be the center of attraction in the tournament with the best of display of talents; from Neymar jnr to Oscar living up to their biding, although their first match was a classic. With due respect to the Croatians, the samba boys were graceful. The Croatians were never pushovers.
One memory the Brazilians do not seem to forget in a hurry is the ghost of their one time biggest stadium the Maracana. The Maracana Stadium is to Brazilian Soccer what Time Square is to New york. Until the samba boys lost in the 1950 world cup final to Uruguay in the Maracanna the fear of playing in the stadia doesn’t seem to be forgotten in a hurry. To the Brazilians prior to the game it was a done deal on paper they had one of the golden teams legendry Pele was on that team list but they lost and the biggest stadium in the world then was silent.
Irrespective of all these shortcomings from big teams at the World Cup, my sympathy go to the world champions Spain who got their baptism of fire in their first game going down 5 goals to 1 to the Netherlands . The beauty of the journey is in the memories: most times the destination is the journey. From me it’s enjoy the memories of the Journey.
Charles Umeh is a student of life, life coach and strategist who makes impact through his writings and speaking engagements. Twitter @Charismacharles