Phew, yesterday was exciting to watch. Oranje, yay!
Well done, indeed! That was excellent football, too.
Uruguay, too, well done! Not played too well by either team, but what a match, especially towards the end, that last minute handball, Ghana's botched penalty, whooooot!
I was glad they won, they're such a tiny country, trainer and team muy simpŠtico. I was rather torn during that game, as I would also have wanted, for Africa's dream, that Ghana would win, but Uruguay didn't get nearly this far in forty years, I think, and played while almost the whole stadium and the entire continent cheered for the other team, they deserved it, too, struggled valiantly, and won my heart.
Today? I'll probably hate watching the first game. I must see it, of course, but... The one team I cannot stand, never could stand, is Argentina, team Emo. I want the German team to win, not because I was football-patriotic (I'd have been perfectly fine with their losing against England, for example), but - I don't want to have to see Argentina play again in this World Cup. It's not the country or its people, but what I've seen of their football, of how the players play, act, playact, and behave during, outside of, and after games. As a team, I like them just as little as I like Ronaldo as a single player (which was enough for me to cheer for Spain with enthusiasm, although I like Portugal just as well, otherwise, and not even mind they won
1:0 by the perhaps most tragic referee mistake so far in this Cup).
Argentina's players seem terribly whiny three quarters of the time. How they always seem to roll over and over and over as if they'd been knocked off their feet by a train, when they've only been pushed by another player, or fell over their own feed trying to push someone, or while pretending to have been pushed/fouled... They act as if they were in an agony of pain, and usually, when they go down with a huge tantrum, it's nothing. This alone is annoying to the point of mildly disgusting, add to it their interpretation of fair play and the manner in which they react to defeat, and - I cannot have respect for them, feel for them or wish them luck. I know they play successful football, but the way they do it just isn't what I want to see.
I'm so glad the weather here has become so unbearable my friend decided public viewing was no temptation, after all, so, I'll not suffer alone (-> I must stay at home). It's not at all that I'm convinced out team will lose, I simply hate watching Argentina play so much, and if there's one team I'd truly not want ours to lose against in the entire World Cup, it's this one.
What a relief we'll play first, so that there'll be another game in the evening... go, Spain, go! And good luck for Paraguay, too!