So, the much anticipated, dubbed as the greatest show on earth, has finally begun. The much awaited World Cup kickstarted last Friday with the host, South Africa drew 1-1 against Mexico, with subsequent matches went on smoothly and incident-free. (Unless if you would like to call Robert Green's blunder as an incident, of course).
I see World Cup as the time for so many things.
I think it's the time for the citizens of the world to be united, focusing on the 18 carat gold-covered trophy. Attention will be all be shifted to the first African country to host such an event. Apart from the complaints from the non-vuvuzela's blower, that the African horns are giving them 'much distraction' and 'annoying', as well as the constant cases of national players' rooms got broke into, I think South Africa is doing well in hosting the event. The stadiums they have would put Wembley's to shame on any day.
It's also the time for companies all around the world to join the bandwagon of this football madness to associate their products/services with World Cup. And in tandem with that, FIFA too has hired spies from all around the world, monitoring any companies that use their Logo, FIFA, or World Cup name without their official license and permission. Easy money right.
This is also the time where supporters will stand by their nation, with such spirit and pride. Yup even those people who dont know what football is or how do they play it, will be fans. And for the people from the countries who aren't qualified (like us Msians), all we can do is rooting for other countries.
I think it's also the time for guys to have some reasons to neglect, abandon, ignore their gfs, fiances, spouses, wives, even food or work, when the matches are aired. For girls who decide to tag along, not only they can learn about the game one thing or two, but they also get to feast their eyes with the good looking players on tv. And for those who think otherwise, there will be more times to go out and have some all-girl outings whilst the boys are watching the matches.
But as for me, I dont know. Not a fan of World Cup's to be honest. The leagues, particularly the EPL are the ones that fill my cup, no doubt. But, just to be part of the craze, I'm rooting for Germany, Spain and Argentina this year, no particular order on that. And frankly, for me World Cup is a good bookmark, a sound yardstick to mark the points of life I'm living.
I remember watching the 1994 WC in USA, and I was in Standard Four (10 years old)
Next, 1998 in France, I already entered high school. (14 years old, Form 2)
2002 in Korea/Japan, I was 18 years old, doing my Diploma in Johore
2006 in Germany, I was doing my degree in Malacca.
And now 2010, I'm already 26 and working. See, each WC marks a phase in my journey of life. I dont really recall nor enjoy the whole show but it's always fun to take a pause in life and look back at all those bookmarks in my life diary.
Next up, the WC 2014, and I will be 30 years old. I wonder in what phase I'm going to be by that time. A happily-married man perhaps?
Whatever it is, let's just enjoy the show. :)