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Soccer and Fútbol, or the Game of All

My heartbeat outraged, my sweaty hands, and my emotions out on my sleeve don´t allow my body to be stationed in my chair! It is the first time I am watching a complete game of the World Cup in South Africa. It is Paraguay against Slovakia. I don´t like Paraguay very much, but they are from South America so I am cheering for them. I saw the first goal, and imagined how the second would come… and it just came! Yes! It came the way I saw it on my mind! I am a genius or what!

The game is about to finish, but I am just beginning to write this note to my friends around the world. This is the first time I have more than one team to cheer for. My friend Mauri from Italy knows that I will be cheering for Italy today. They are the last champions, and although I know Brazil will win the Cup, don´t worry honey, I will cheer for Italy today. Later on, when Brazil plays, I will cheer for Brazil! Go for it Verde Amarela! Go for it!

I am also following Ghana. My friend Gifty knows I will be cheering for Ghana when they play. Yes Gifty, I wish Ghana the best luck! Ghana in Spanish means “Win”, and they have the same colors of my flag! And I love my friend Gifty! So… I will cheer really hard!

The same happens with the rest of the world cup teams, which represent many of my newly acquired friendships: Nigeria, with my friends Olutosin and Busayo (love both of you sisters!), the United States, represented by my dear friends Jensine, Jennifer, Jade, Scott… all the World Pulse team! How could I not cheer for the States? And although I am really, really busy, I try to keep up with the results and the games the best I can. If I am forgetting anyone, please forgive me, but know that I will be cheering for your team too, my dear sisters.

All of us know that here in South America, we don´t play soccer. We play fútbol! We feel the rising of our heartbeats with every run and every goal, we live the heat of the game… and we are loving every minute of the World Cup!

If any of our teams lose, blame it on the new ball, on the weather, on the bad strategy… But know that this my friends, is the game of the heart and soul. Congratulations to the winning teams! We are all following your deeds! And as of me, I am thinking ahead, four years from now, when the World Cup will be in Brazil. I promise I will be there in person, and will report wholeheartedly, living the emotion directly, making a better world through the love for the game… and for the increased number of my friends and sisters over the whole wide world!

Comments

Nusrat Ara's picture

Hi Jackie, I remember

Hi Jackie,

I remember watching a final match between Italy and Braazil in the middle of night with my brother in my childhood. I was rooting forItaly and Roberto Baggio while my brother wanted Brazil to win . " Brazil should win but Baggio should score a goal" I remember him saying. Baggio though missed the goal in the penalty shoot out and Brazil won.

It's football here too but we are crazy about cricket and without asking all the support goes to pakistani team.

Love

Nusrat

jap21's picture

Hi Nusrat

I remember that game! I was in love with Baggio but I supported Brazil hahaha!

I think Baggio is the most handsome player that ever was in a World Cup don't you think?

The game between Brazil and Cote d'Ivoire is about to begin, and the Verde Amarela from Brazil is getting into the field holding the hands of beautiful dark skinned South African kids! the loveliest entrance ever!

I say this will end 5 to 1 for Brazil. What is your hunch?

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Nusrat Ara's picture

The result might be known to

The result might be known to u by now :))))

Nusrat

Patti's picture

Soccer and futbal

I thought I was the only one cheering for Ghana because I am also Ghanaian. The world cup has been very interesting, and I am waiting to see more of my other country, Uncle Sam. It has been a combination of fun, tension, goodwill and surprises. I really love it! Vive le football!

jap21's picture

Hi Patii

Of course I am cheering Ghana my friend! I am so glad they are doing well! Fútbol all overrrrrr!

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Hello Dear Soccer fan, personally I am not a fan to soccer but I recently change my attitude toward football during this worldcup 2010.
Coming from an African Country who has a landmark for football, best soccer players, highest goal scorer and you can name the rest. Cameroon is known for its sabbi/ know-how, first African country to had reached the quarter final in the FIFA World 1990 etc so sad in the FIFA World 2010, Cameroon won the first prize as the first nation to loose the FIFA 2010, that was Saturday 19th June 2010.
As for me, the FIFA 2010 ended Saturday 19th June.

Again, what get me extremely upset is for the fact that the FIFA 2010 is in Africa but it seem all the 6 Africa nations are loosing.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

jap21's picture

awwww

I am so sorry darling! But know that Cameroon will always be in the heart of fans because it was a Cameroonese player (I think his last name was Milla, but am not sure) who changed the way people celebrate a goal: he danced!

I will always remember his beautiful heart in the field!

A hug to you, to cure the boo boo in your fan heart! :))))

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Anette Leslie's picture

Kudos Jackie, it`s good to

Kudos Jackie,

it`s good to hear form you and to draw on your energy from your high spirit.

Have a good time!

Anette

jap21's picture

Hi Anette

I have been so into serious matters that I feel like I am having a break from everyday life, and entering a fun part of it.

I became a fútbol fan when my uncle didn´t have anyone to go to the games with and took me (twice a week) to watch the games in the big stadium. Only him and me. We used to have so much fun! He never really played fútbol, but he tried hard, and I would go cheer him too. I liked it even more when, already a mother of three kids, I began the parent´s futbol league at school and got to play. Have you ever tried it? A lot of fun indeed, the ball is a rascal that goes wherever she wants hahaha

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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