With the Football World Cup going on, there is hardly any chatter about anything else in the sporting world. Wimbledon, one of the most important tennis tournaments in the year, went by with hardly a murmur. And did anyone even know that there was a French Open over the weekend? Probably not. Roger Federer losing in the quarterfinal? Bleh, BRAZIL LOST TO THE NETHERLANDS. Lee Westwood got injured and is ruled out of next week’s Open? Cheh, Thomas Müller picked up a yellow card and is ruled out of the semis against Spain!
The World Cup Fever is still going strong. Here in Malaysia, the majority of footie fans (and there are plenty) will wake up at 2.30am to watch the first of the semi finals, Netherlands vs. Uruguay. And those that don’t are just getting their eight hours before they have to be up tomorrow night for the much awaited Germany-Spain encounter.
The major upset? Brazil. Without a doubt. Especially when they were the first to score, most believed it would be an effortless win. Not to take anything away from La Oranje, but who on Earth expected that they would knock out the best football team in the world with an amazing come-from-behind victory?
Would Argentina’s loss in the same round be called an upset? Well yes, on paper. But they were clearly second-best out there. In fact, Germany made them look like amateurs. Not to brag or anything, but I’d predicted a considerable thrashing by Germany, and took great pleasure in everyone else’s shock over their win :)
But there’s still a lot of football to be played. The semis in the next two days and the finals over the weekend. Any bets, any ventures? Here are mine:
Netherlands def Uruguay 2-0
Germany def Spain 3-1
Spain def Uruguay 2-1
Germany def Netherlands 4-3
BRING IT ON!