The Grand Finale

The Stage has been set long time back. The actors were awaited and had to go through a long ordeal of matches to reach to this stage.

Brazil has been the home of foot ball. The first image that comes into mind, the moment one hears Brazil is 'Football'. We Indians have mostly been fans of the Selecao - the name Brazil national team has been known by. So when the football stage was set in the grand LATAM country, the expectations were high.

Brazil went through a series of protests against hosting the word cup. But the charm of having the world cup organized in their backyard was for everyone to witness. Even in 2009, when I visited Brazil, the people were already talking about the world cup 2014.

The world cup was charming, enthralling as well as disappointing at the same time. Spain started the trail of disappointments. The previous tourney champion was billed to score big this time. The fact that Spaniards always played in their backyard as one team was counted as a positive as compared to the Latam players who had to travel half of the world to be part of a bug league club like Barcelona. However that all turned upside down the moment the team took to ground after the half time of their first match. There was only a downward slide thereafter.

England, Italy, Portugal also joined the party of Spain by shortening their stay near Copacabana. the places vacated by the heavy weights were aptly filled by lesser known teams like USA, Costa Rica, Chile etc and the south Americans seemed to have a samba on the field. However it evened out at the quarterfinal stage, when four Latam teams and four from across the Atlantic were remaining to battle it out. The ratio remained the same in semis where two from southern hemisphere battled it out against the two from Europe.

Brazil joined the list of disappointments. Though the selcao were not expected to win the match, with their best player in hospital and the captain forced to warm the bench . However the way they were routed was heart-breaking. I switched off the television long before the referee would have thought of his whistle to end the game. I could understand how the Brazilians would have felt. I had thought of calling Jose Caldas, a Brazilian, I worked and befriended with during my stay in Brazil. But seems that call will have to wait for some more time.

Germany has been a revelation as a team whereas Argentina had to depend on Messi's Magic. Argentina happens to be the arch-rival of the home team whereas the other team is the one who had packed the home team off. So Brazilians will have to choose between 'Devil and the deep sea' as the phrase go.

All I can say now is that the stage has been set, actors are ready to take their places and the magic is to be spelled in less than 5 hours. I am all ready to watch the match. With my favorite team out of the tournament and the two finalists being among the top three teams that I support, the pressure would not be on me to support one team over other. So it would certainly be a great Fun..fingers crossed.

May the best men win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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