Monthly Archives: June 2013
Sometimes, we abruptly wake up from a beautiful dream and try impossibly to get back to it. No matter how vivid our imagination may be, it never manages to conjure the same dream.
That is exactly how Sunday’s FIFA Confederations Cup Final will be like.
It is the dream final. It is the final everyone wanted (outside of Italy, Uruguay, Japan, Nigeria, Mexico and Tahiti). It is however the dream final that has come four years late. Or at the least, three.
Football has this tendency to conjure big games. The greatest teams with the Read the rest of this entry
Like Inception, it must have felt like a dream within a dream when for the first time ever in a FIFA competition at senior level, the tune was picked for Tahiti’s national anthem.
As the anthem played on, there was emotion all-round the Tahitian players. Some were almost close to tears. Their manager, Eddy Etaeta visibly was. It was, as he would later say, a realisation that while for years Tahiti was always restricted to watching FIFA competitions on television, here they Read the rest of this entry
Whenever Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta retreat to their personal homes, they probably look in amazement at their personal trophy hauls and medal collections. There, right before their eyes lay gold medals for every competitive football competition in which they have ever participated in for Barcelona and Spain at senior level.
Apart, of course, for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
It is that trophy which in these period of dominance, Xavi and Iniesta personally, and Spain collectively, has not acquired. Their only possible outing four years ago in South Africa ended with the surprisingly less Read the rest of this entry