“It closes the schools.
Closes the shops.
Closes the city.
Stops a war.
A simple ball fuels the passion and pride of nations.
It gives people everywhere something to hope for.
It gives countries respect where respect is in short supply and achieves more than the politicians ever could.
Once every four years, a ball does the impossible and if history means anything, the world as we know it is about to change.
One games changes everything.”
One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to leave South Africa before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup…
South Africa is a truly amazing country. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to go back there one day but until then I settle for watching as many World Cup games as possible! Bafana Bafana (“the Boys, the Boys”), the South African national team, is kicking off the competition right now and I hope the boys do well in the first match against Mexico.
I’m also looking forward to the match tomorrow between the USA and England. The American team might actually surprise people this year and not completely blow it!
While I was in South Africa everyone’s attention was justifiably focused on the World Cup and so I watched a lot of bad soccer commercials but the two videos on this blog are probably my favorite.