I always wanted to know how fans react to FIFA matches. I have heard of riots and protests due to the outcome of a match. Case in point: Algeria vs Egypt qualifier for FIFA 2010. The 2 countries almost went into war with each other.
Anyway, I’m not changing topics. I and my best buddy Sreerag (click to go to his blog) decided to head up to a mall food court.We decided on Germany vs Argentina; the supposed match that will decide the fate of who wins FIFA. We chose Arabian center mall because it was a little bit out of the city. I thought “It’s a mall far away, so no one is gonna be there”. I was dead wrong. What i saw there was a crowd of about 200-300 people, all assembled near the giant projector screen at the food court. Another thing to note was, we were secretly supporting Argentina (I’ll explain the importance later).
Anyway, by the time we reached there, the first goal was over (who expects a goal in the first 3 minutes). Germans scored. We were hunting for seats and finally we found towards the back edge of the court. We had a problem, Sreerag forgot his glasses. That means what ‘players are playing on the field’ to me was ‘just grass’ to him. Anyway, long story short we found seats closer so that we could see Maradona’s face upset. As the play continued, the “oooooooh” and “aaaaaaawwwwwwwwww” screams by the crowd became more prominent. It became clear that there were far too many Argentinian supporters compared to the Germans.
We got ourselves a little snack at halftime and continued watching. By about 65 minutes in, everyone knew that Germany would win because the score was 2-0. Suddenly it felt like the crowd had switched sides. The last Argentina fans were changing sides soon. Only people still supporting Argentina were those wearing their jerseys. The crowd cheered on for the great German defense and their eventual victory at a score of 4-0 to Argentina. The moment the match ended, Maradona was in tears. So was Messi, supposedly one of the best players ever.
As the crowds walked away in delight ( actually sadness, but who is gonna admit they came in supporting Argentina and risk social suicide), i thought, damn, that bloody octopus. It predicted the match correctly. Germany did beat Argentina, that too humiliatingly. The octopus I’m referring to is a so called “psychic” octopus that predicts whether Germany wins the FIFA 2010 world cup match or not. It’s easy for the octopus. Choose Germany always and gain international stardom even though you have a brain the size of a peanut.
Now i just thought to myself; if the octopus chose Argentina, would they have won?
If you wanna read further, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10420131.stm