Folks, the 2014 World Cup has ended, and Germany is the (well deserved) champion.
I gotta say, I'm suprised by how everything worked out during the event. We brazlians had doubts, a good portion of the nation was expecting a lot of troubles, ranging from super-crowded airports and massive traffic jams to violent riots emerging in the host cities and unfinished stadiums... some of us were expecting chaos.
But when Brazil and Croatia started that game a month ago, everything started to change.
The fear of a complete catastrophe gave room to a joyful moment. Everything and everyone was focused on the Cup's matches. The children at the daycare I work at were excited... the teachers were excited, I was excited!
The 2014 World Cup was proving to be a glorious event. Tourists from all around the globe appeared on the TV and internet and so. Big smiles on people's faces, we brazlians were glad to welcome the world, and apparently the world tourists were glad to be here. The complaints were few. The compliments were common.
Turns out, the World Cup is indeed a party. The festive feel took control of the country.
One day, I recieve a phone call from my dad. He was asking if I had some spare mattresses in the house. "Yes, there are some available beds" was my answer. Dad says he has a friend who's traveling in a Renault Traffic, with three germans, and the germans are watching some of the World Cup matches, and they were in Brasilia, heading to São Paulo. They needed a place to spend the night, get some sleep.... and that's how I ended up being a host to three football fans from Germany. I never heard of them, I didn't know them, the visit was unnexpected. But what a nice surprise! Very cool people!
We could understand each other in english, so things worked out well.
They started to sing a song in german. I had no idea what they were singing, but they were very happy.
In the next morning, they asked for a place to have breakfast. We went downtown to a café... and out of nowhere they started to sing the same german song. They attracted some attention, some guys even asked them to sing again. People got excited, because... well.... singing tourists from Germany? You don't have this sort of event very often 'round here!
We visited a couple of places, and eventually they sung again and again.
I started to sing along, after I learned the lyrics:
"Wir hollen den pokal!".
After noon, they took the road again.
Ironically, weeks later, Brazil would be trashed by Germany, the epic score of "BRA 1 - 7 GER".
I wasn't expecting Brazil to be the champion. I wasn't even expecting Brazil to be on the finals.
And a lot of soccer fans thought the same. But 7 goals ... haha wow! That's real football!
Anyways. The 14' Cup has come to an end.
It was fun. The World Cup will be missed. The cosmopolitan feel, the tourists from everywhere, the sensation that there's a party going on everyday...
I liked it.