Saturday, June 14, 2014

World Cup

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:
 
Algeria
Desert Warriors In Brazil
Argentina
Not Just A Team, We Are A Country
Australia
Socceroos: Hopping Our Way Into History!
Belgium
Expect The Impossible!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dragons In Heart, Dragons On The Field!
Brazil
Brace Yourselves! The Sixth Is Coming!
Cameroon
A Lion Remains A Lion
Chile
Chi Chi Chi!, Le Le Le! Go Chile
Colombia
Here Travels A Nation, Not Just A Team!
Costa Rica
My Passion Is Football, My Strength Is My People, My Pride Is Costa Rica
Ivory Coast
Elephants Charging Towards Brazil!
Croatia
With Fire In Our Hearts, For Croatia All As One!
Ecuador
One Commitment, One Passion, Only One Heart, This Is For You Ecuador!
England
The Dream Of One Team, The Heartbeat Of Millions!!
France
Impossible Is Not A French Word
Germany
One Nation, One Team, One Dream!
Ghana
Black Stars: Here To Illuminate Brazil
Greece
Heroes Play Like Greeks
Honduras
We Are One Country, One Nation, Five Stars On The Heart
Iran
Honour Of Persia
Italy
Let's Paint The FIFA World Cup Dream Blue
Japan
Samurai, The Time Has Come To Fight!
South Korea
Enjoy It, Reds!
Mexico
Always United, Always Aztecas
The Netherlands
Real Men Wear Orange
Nigeria
Only Together We Can Win
Portugal
The Past Is History, The Future Is Victory
Russia
No One Can Catch Us
Spain
Inside Our Hearts, The Passion Of A Champion
Switzerland
Final Stop: 07-13-14 Maracana!
Uruguay
Three Million Dreams ... Let's Go Uruguay
U.S.
United By Team, Driven By Passion
 
 

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