With the opening match between Brazil and Croatia bringing in a record number of sixty two thousand one hundred fans to the Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, stadium, my expectations are nothing short of a fantastic following of matches throughout the rest of the competition. Despite the protests and strikes, attendance to see live matches have been impressive.
The build up to various group games have been nothing short of brilliant with surprising defeats and shocking score lines. The match between mexico and Cameroon came with a healthy attendance of thirty nine thousand two hundred and sixteen thousand fans at the Arena das Dunas stadium with the locals all seated amongst the supporters in bright colors to cheer on the former African champions, the Indomitable lions and the north American,s onto what turned out to be a delightful outing as the Mexicans sealed a three point victory over the Africans. There were no surprises as a staggering forty eight thousand one hundred seventy three people came out en mass with their flags, musical instruments and mascots, to see the match dubbed the final before the final between Netherlands and World champions Spain. Almost no seats were left vacant all in an attempt to catch a glimpse of what the electrified arena had to offer on and off the pitch as fans and the world were not left disappointed as it turned out to be more than what we all bargained for.
With shocking defeats to tournament favourites like Uruguay and Spain by underrated teams in the World cup, I can only imagine a huge number of football loving fans are racing eagerly in anticipation to fill the stadiums and to see more underdog teams tackle tournament favourites, with possibilities of bigger turn outs where giant teams like Italy take on England while Germany take on Portugal.
Written by Kayode Bakare.