Saturday, June 17, 2006

World Cup

My first football memory is of the 1978 World Cup final. Argentina beat Holland 3-1. I was 5 years old and didn't understand much about what was going on, but I knew it was something special. I've been watching the World Cup ever since. Until this year. This World Cup has now been on a week, and I've only seen 5 or 6 games so far. I just can't get myself to sync with the timings, especially of the late night game. I usually end up falling asleep around 11pm. And most days I can't be bothered to leave home to go watch the games outside. It sucks not having the games available on free to air television. Last World Cup the first matches were on during work hours and we used to leave work to watch football. I used to go to work at 6am so that I can go out for the games without feeling guilty. This time the football's not even in office hours and I'm missing them.


Arthur/Nurikane said...

My first World Cup memory was in 1986 (hosted by Mexico) where the Argentinian booters lead by the controversial Diego Maradona beat Germany. It was really fun to watch and started wishing that Philippines must have an entry. :)

Kazablanka said...

My favorite World Cup was in 1998 when they showed the italian goal keeper's butt.

fifa2006 said...

Chinese World Cup blogger racks up 10 million hits
from Yahoo News 16 June,2006
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing blogger and podcaster Dong Lu registered his 10 millionth hit on Friday morning, racing to the landmark on the back of China's obsession with the World Cup.
The 36-year-old's irreverent take on soccer's showpiece, produced with the help of three friends in the living room of his apartment on the northeast outskirts of Beijing, has proved hugely popular with China's on-line audience.
Sporting a multi-coloured Afro wig and a fake moustache, Dong presents
a podcast every other day featuring caricatures of leading players, parodies of the many soccer-themed adverts on Chinese television and the occasional song.
"We do it for fun, out of passion for football," Dong, looking suitably bleary-eyed after another all-night session in front the TV watching the action from Germany, told Reuters.
"The World Cup is a great event for everybody whether from small countries or large ones, rich or poor."
Dong is no media outsider, however. He covered the 2002 World Cup as a journalist and still finds time for his day job as a columnist with a weekly sports paper.
Some have suggested the reason for the enormous popularity of sport and showbiz blogs in China is because they allow people to talk freely.
"In sports journalism there is relative freedom of expression and we can give our opinions about a match and other sporting issues," said Dong.
"In other fields such as the social and political arenas, there are regulations. I've spent 10 years working in the media and I understand the line that can never be crossed.
"There are many other interesting things in life for me to talk about. It's about fun, not trouble."
Dong started his blog last November to air his views on life, music and his love of soccer.
"At first I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested," he said. "But it took off after a month and the start of World Cup finals has brought an extra 100,000 hits a day."
Like many China, whose team failed to qualify for the finals, Dong is backing Brazil and his yellow number nine shirt signed by Ronaldo is never far from view.
"Someone offered to give me a car for it," he said. "But I turned them down."
Asked what his wife thought of him turning their apartment into a television studio, Dong laughed: "She's very supportive of what I do. I'm her superstar."
Dr Han (Super football fans)

Chulupu said...


World cup 78, is the one where Yohan Cruif, the best Holland player ever, got a threat letter from the argentina mafia and that they would kill his family if he plays that final.

Therefore, he didnt play, and argentina won!

muscati said...

Chulupu- Cruyff refused to go to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina as a protest against the military coup and the political situation in Argentina. He didn't play in any of the games, not just the final. There was no mafia threat on his life. There's no telling how the outcome would have been had he played. But it was his choice. He stuck to his principles.

3anooda said...

My first world cup memory was in 1986. I was six years old. It was an argentina (ayam maradona). I was jumping on my parents bed. Couldnt sleep cos I had a freaky dream that something bad was going to happen.

Half time, we got a call that my grandma passed away. Hated world cup ever since.

Twenty years later, Im beginning to get over it.

Ali said...

The first world cup i followed properly was 1998, watched all the matchs i think.

At least you got the games at a reasonable time there, here i have to wake up at 3 am to watch the games and its during exams times even, that is why i couldnt watch many games so far :(

illogicist said...

It sucks you cant follow the world cup. Its been decent - and thats an understatement really. But the refs have gone a long way in ruining it.

My first WC memory is 1994, Brazil V Italy. I was at my cousins place in London, and there was about 10 or 12 of us crowded around a small TV, watching the game. They were all in their twenties, and I was 8 or 9. They were pretty much split between Brazil and Italy, and I decided to choose Brazil (even then, I know that football=brazil). I remember very vividly Roberto Baggio's disastrous penalty, his expression, afterwards, everything about it. Ever since then, Ive been a mad WC fan.

NiGhTFaCe said...

I remember the 1st World Cup for me, it was 1986, guess I was about 5 years at that time. The one I liked the most is Italy 1990. I still remember their logo, that was fun & I still remember Argentina giving up the cup to Germany, it was a sad day!

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