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Remembering FIFA World Cup 2010: Paraguay vs. Italy My Life 27 SEP 2011

Now that the Rugby World Cup 2011 is in full swing and our boys are doing well, I can’t help but cast my mind back to the exciting period that was the FIFA World Cup 2010, hosted right here in our very own backyard.

The excitement before and during the tournament was electrifying and everywhere you went, this feeling of unity, hope and joy just couldn’t be suppressed or surpassed. Truly this was one of the finest moments in our country’s history, or at least in my lifetime.

It’s a pity our boys couldn’t have achieved more in the tournament itself, but I remember watching each and every one of their games on the edge of my seat, and I can still savour that overwhelming feeling when Tshabalala scored that magical opening goal!

As it turned out, I only managed to snag tickets for one game, that game being the first round collision between Paraguay and Italy, played here at Cape Town stadium. Dean, Terrance and Damen made up the rest of our little group, and when the match day finally arrived (it felt like forever between getting the tickets and waiting for the actual game day!), it was off to the well-organised train station at Settlers High, and onto the train to Cape Town, before stepping off and heading straight into the bustling stroll through the Cape Town Fan Walk, all the way up to the magnificent, magical stadium itself.

The weather itself was unpleasant, a cold biting wind and rain that constantly threatened to come down, but after a fair (and noisy) wait in the security queues to get in, we were finally given the go ahead to stream into the grounds, marvelling at all the sights, sounds and colours that lay before us!

Our elevated seats were behind one of the goal posts, so perhaps not the best in the house, but just the experience was enough in any event. Sheltered from the miserable wind, we got to enjoy an engrossing game, vuvuzelas trumpeting and all, the result of which I can no longer actually recall! :)

(I think it was a draw to be honest, which would have been much to Terrance’s disgust and my delight!)

Anyway, our evening had been a fantastic success, as was the tournament as a whole, and as my memory of the events begins to fade, at least I have these few photos to mark the fact that I was indeed a part of the FIFA World Cup 2010 extravaganza! :)

We’re Going to See the World Cup Baby! My Life 12 APR 2010

I’m just thinking here, but I’m pretty sure that I never mentioned on this blog that way back in the beginning of Februrary, end of January, we got confirmation that one of our two bids for tickets to the Football World Cup 2010 was actually accepted! :)

Four of us guys, namely Damen Oosthuizen, Dean Stapelberg, Terrance Brown and myself, got together and put in bids on two games, one of which turned out to be accepted, meaning that on the 14th of June 2010, at 20:30 in the evening, the four of us will be sitting somewhere in the new Cape Town Stadium (not sure where Category 4 puts us) enjoying match 11 of the football spectacular: Italy versus Paraguay.

And it’s a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned. Italy with it cadre of greats will be an awesome sight of footballing skill to experience first hand, and I know for a fact that Mr. Brown has always kind of followed/supported/cheered the Azzurri on in these big international competitions – so he’ll be pretty chuffed to see them in action I’m sure!

On the other hand, I’ve had a soft spot for the Paraguay team for quite some time now, mainly based on their heroic run in the France 1998 World Cup when the awesomeness that was Jose Luis Chilavert as a goal-scoring goalkeeper extraordinaire was on display and will be quietly hoping that they pull off another miracle and show those Italians a thing or two on the pitch! ;)

In any event, I can’t wait. Hopefully the game will be a cracker, but most of all, I’ll then be able to say that I witnessed a World Cup soccer game first hand, in person – and it was on my home soil to boot!

It’s exciting, I won’t lie! :)