This years world cup has been a carnival-like footballing show piece un-matched and unequalled in terms of the number of quality players who graced the tournament and the terrific number of goals being hammered in.
From the opening ceremony to the knock out stages the exciting rises in crescendos and there’s never to much to take in, but no one expected to witness the national embarrassment to befall out hosts at the hands of the ruthless Germans, not even the most tournament organizers FIFA would have expected to note down such a result in records, not in Brazil, not in 2014. But that is one night the world and surely Brazilians would never forget. A 7-1 thrashing in the semifinals in the beautiful city of Belo Horizonte.
We thought the worse was losing Neymar to injury but having the dream of playing a world cup final at their home – the Cathedral, Maracana torn apart with reckless abandones before their very eyes is a tale for many generations to come, Brazilian and football itself.
But that is only one half of the mesury, the bitter prospect of watching archrivals Argentina walk out the tunnel of the maracana with only 90 minutes away from lifting the trophy inside enemy territory would compound the woes of any Brazilian. Who would they rather have it? The Europeans who inflicted on them their heaviest defeat in history and first loss at home since 1975 or noisy neighbors from across the border who have turned Copacabana into the party capital of Buenos Aires.
A long road to recovery for the Samba nation as they lick their wounds. They best be left alone to do that.
As the grand finalle draws near there are many promises to be delivered on many fronts. The Expectations of a first European triumph on south American soil and the quest of keeping the trophy in the continent but perhaps the most pertinent of them all, will there be a crowing of 4 time footballer of the year recipient – Lionel Messi as king as he is widely regarded?
The Barcelona star was kept quiet against the Netherlands but made no mistake in the penalty shootout. There is no question that he is a man for big stage as we’ve seen from him with the Catalans and early weeks in Brazil with his country men. He will have great sentiments on a global scale come Sunday in the stadium in Rio, a perfect venue for the coronation of kings.
It will be a repeat of the finals of Rome in 1990, with the German machines well-oiled and prepared for battle. Fear is not something they are used to, out numbered they were against Brazil but we all saw who was outclassed. They are clear favorite this writer to get the job done.
Not far are we to the climax of celebrations of what has truly been an enthralling month of the best of world football.