I am very grateful for my current job, because it has allowed me to relive my passion for football which has been on the wane for the last 3.5 years.
And what better way to do so than by experiencing the World Cup, watching all of the different teams come together and battle it out. The last time I followed a World Cup this closely and spectated almost all the matches was way back in USA 1994. I still remember Oleg Salenko scoring five goals against Cameroon… and Roberto Baggio ballooning the decisive penalty shoot-out spot kick over the bar in the finals against Brazil.
This year’s tournament already has its fair share of memorable moments: Luis Suarez’s vampire bite on Giorgio Chiellini; RVP’s diving header against Spain; Huntelaar’s rider kick against the corner flag; England getting knocked out without a win.
This is why you watch everything and read everything: these moments will stay forever in your head for the rest of your life.
And I’m sorry England, but I only started watching football in 1993, long after the golden England generation of 1990 led by Lineker, Gascoigne, and Pearce. Ever since then England have always been pretty lousy, and they continue to prove it at each successive World Cup.
If Holland can win this year’s World Cup, I will drink 24 cans of Fanta Orange. One for each Dutch player and one for Van Gaal.