On my bus to the supermarket this morning, I passed a large blue "Forza Azzurri" banner hung on the front of a neighbor's house. I actually got goosebumps, happy that someone was so excited about the World Cup (and loyal to their "Old Country"). The picture below is just one I found on the Internet, after searching a while to figure out WHO EXACTLY the banner was referring to: Italy! I'm not at all a big soccer fan, but I do pay attention when the World Cup comes around--rooting for my own "Old Country," Germany! USA? Eh. I never feel anything for the soccer team. Kind of bland and personality-less. It's the other countries that are the funnest to watch. I also enjoy hearing the style of their national anthems. And seeing the country-personality-quirks of their FIFA slogans this year:
Desert Warriors In Brazil
Not Just A Team, We Are A Country
Socceroos: Hopping Our Way Into History!
Expect The Impossible!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dragons In Heart, Dragons On The Field!
Brace Yourselves! The Sixth Is Coming!
A Lion Remains A Lion
Chi Chi Chi!, Le Le Le! Go Chile
Here Travels A Nation, Not Just A Team!
My Passion Is Football, My Strength Is My People, My Pride Is Costa Rica
Elephants Charging Towards Brazil!
With Fire In Our Hearts, For Croatia All As One!
One Commitment, One Passion, Only One Heart, This Is For You Ecuador!
The Dream Of One Team, The Heartbeat Of Millions!!
Impossible Is Not A French Word
One Nation, One Team, One Dream!
Black Stars: Here To Illuminate Brazil
Heroes Play Like Greeks
We Are One Country, One Nation, Five Stars On The Heart
Honour Of Persia
Let's Paint The FIFA World Cup Dream Blue
Samurai, The Time Has Come To Fight!
Enjoy It, Reds!
Always United, Always Aztecas
Real Men Wear Orange
Only Together We Can Win
The Past Is History, The Future Is Victory
No One Can Catch Us
Inside Our Hearts, The Passion Of A Champion
Final Stop: 07-13-14 Maracana!
Three Million Dreams ... Let's Go Uruguay
U.S.United By Team, Driven By Passion