There are four teams left in the World Cup, and four games left to play. Germany will play Italy on Tuesday, and then Portugal will play France on Wednesday. The losers will play for third place on Saturday, and the winners will play for the trophy on Sunday, watched by one out of three humans alive today.
Who do I think will win? It’s impossible to say. Anything can happen in football (just ask Spain, Argentina, and Brazil). I’d love to see the underdog Portugal win their first World Cup. Local reporters went to the Portuguese community hall after the last game and people were in tears over the quarterfinal win. It means a lot to that small, impoverished country to be doing so well in the World Cup.
At the same time I am rooting for my favourite Ribery of France, and it seems the rest of the world is jumping on the Ribery bandwagon too. One Canadian commentator called him a “revelation,” and news photographers are now turning their lenses on him. Unfortunately he was underutilized in France’s quarterfinal game against Brazil. He likes to play the fast pass-and-run game like the South Americans do, and his teammates aren’t always on the same page. They like to sit and wait for an opening; Ribery likes to run and create openings.
Though the tournament will be over soon, it is some consolation that we will get to watch all four teams twice more. Bliss.