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Jul 17 2014

World Cup 2014: Fulfilled Wishes

On the outset of the World Cup 2014 Brazil, I wrote a piece “FIFA World Cup 2014: 10 Things I Hope For.” Well here’s looking back on an awesome tournament. Lets see how many of my wish list came true. (Green is wish fulfilled, red is wish not granted.)

A piece of street art in Brazil featuring Robin Van Persie

A piece of street art in Brazil featuring Robin Van Persie (via @Persie_Official)

That its set alight with one outstanding player:

It will have to be a toss up between James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer. Okay, so its wasn’t one player, but the joy of seeing so much raw talent on display was even better. I rate this as a point won.

That an unknown player becomes an overnight superstar

James Rodriguez delivered. And if rumours are to be believed, he is likely to be snapped up by Real Madrid.

James Rodriguez celebrates goals

James Rodriguez  a star of the World Cup

A clean, controversy free tournament…

The poor refereeing in a few games was appalling, but there was no real Frank Lampard 2010 moment.

Okay, maybe just a little controversy

Luis Suarez and that bite dominated headlines for a good few weeks. And now with his transfer to Barcelona done, the debate around the details of his ban are likely to be talk of the town for months to come. It has already been revealed that Barca will not be able to unveil him at Camp Nou.

The players don’t die from heat stroke…

This was a big concern prior to the tournament, especially for games held in Manaus. But it was well handled with a few “drinks breaks” allowed when it got too hot.

Or Malaria 

No-one got Malaria. But there were some concerns with German and English players falling ill with flu.

An African Team makes it to the semi’s

It was not meant to be. Other than the abysmal performances, the behaviour of the Ghana and Cameroon teams have been embarrassing for Africa. Nigeria made it to the round of 16 again, but of all the African teams, Algeria made me proudest.

A new team lifts the trophy

It was not a repeat of the World Cup Final 2010, with the finalists Argentina having won 2 previous World Cups. Die Mannshaft eventually lifted the trophy, bringing their total tally to 4 World Cups.

A safe World Cup

For all the concerns around rioting prior to the tournament, it was a fairly peaceful show.. All my loved ones have returned safely. There were no major incidents that outshone the football spectacle.

That my husband becomes as footy mad as I am

This is in orange, because he may not have become as footy crazy as I am, but he certainly enjoyed the World Cup. He sometimes even stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching the matches. An added bonus was that his team Germany won.

7.5/10, not bad. I’m hoping for 9/10 come EURO 2016!

-P

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