Being able to be a part of the World Cup experience for the
first time in a participating foreign country has been absolutely amazing. Both
Argentina and Brazil are playing in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
We were in Argentina
for their game but we did get to see their practice game and witness the
country prepare for the event. However, in Brazil we have seen first hand what
it is little to be apart of the World Cup. I have watched Brazil play
with other Brazilians and have rejoiced with them.
Also I have seen them celebrate in the streets, set off
fireworks, sing and dance after their victories. In Iguazu
Falls after their win over Japan, we say
the police close off certain streets to accommodate for all the fans partying
and celebrating all over the barzinho areas of the city. This same night a group of us went out to
this area and joined in the celebration.
I saw yellow and green jerseys everywhere, as well as, many painted
faces and guys wearing the national flag.
They truly do celebrate and get completely involved in their national
team as they compete for the World Cup.
Cities seem to nearly shut down during their matches and
become ghost towns because everyone is inside watching. Participating with the locals in Brazil and with
our Argentine companions during the 2006 World Cup has been both very exciting
and eye opening to the world of football.
It is very interesting to take part in and has taught me a lot about
their societies, economies and cultures.