1. Anything is possible.
Spain has dominated the soccer world for 6 years ever since the Euro Cup in 2008. So just when I thought the Spaniards are unstoppable, Netherlands won the opening match against Spain with a thunderous 5-1 score. Here is a snapshot of Robin van Persie’s sensational dolphin dive. Following the Netherlands’ success, the Chilean team edged out Spain from the competition. A new champion will now be born!
2. Soccer legends are humans too.
In the match ENG vs. ITA, Wayne Rooney’s corner kick turned into an epic fail, while the commentators chuckled, “Where is that hole to climb into for Rooney? This level is embarrassing for the local park, never mind the world cup stage…”
But mistakes happen to the best of us. As Alexander Pope once said, to err is human!
Rooney then goes on to score his first world cup goal in the match of ENG vs. URU.
3. It brings people smiles. (Although in other cases, tears too…)
German Counsellor Angela Merkel not only applauded die mannschaft’s performance but also enjoyed some selfies moments with the team post-match!
4. Moments of friendliness amongst the not-so-friendly matches.
Here is a moment of joy seen between the Mexico and Brazil coaches as the two teams reached a draw. While we usually hear a lot of praises for the scorers, the Mexican goalie, Guillermo Ochoa, received his well-deserved recognition in the defence against the Brazilian attack with his quick thinking and reflexes.
After being kneed in the head and couldn’t get up for some time, Alvaro Pereira played on despite the doctor’s advisement. This kind of persistence is seen in many other athletes as well. Their passion and level of dedication and commitment in their sports have continued to serve as an inspiration for us all.