Lyon - Argentina Game
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September 11th was Argentina vs. Georgia.
The organizers in Lyon did a fantastic job of creating a carnival type atmosphere pre-match. The area outside the Stade Gerland stadium is really lovely with an avenue of trees, and then there were the grill stands, the face painting stations, the marching band, the people handing out free country flags, and of course the school kids chanting for their favorite teams. It was incredibly family friendly! I was soon to discover why this was: the beer at the stands was non-alcoholic. The question still remains whether the foreign fans, those men in aqua-white and red-green afro wigs guzzling the 5 Euro a pint stuff, actually knew this. The 'sans alcool' fine print was really fine and most would be unaware of the French law that prohibits the sale of alcoholic drinks around sporting events. Who knows, maybe their stubborn soberness was good for their ego :-) As for the match, Argentina was slow to start but beat Georgia as expected. The weather was autumn-cool, the sunset glow over the stadium magical, the children voices chanting 'L'Argentine' stirring.
I kept thinking, God, I love this fall weather. The next day I woke with a most wicked cold, the effects of which are with me to this day.