Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of
the World Cup.
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Can you feel the World Cup fever?
The world's biggest tournament is around the corner. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the fans are ready to enjoy the world
cup. From Africa to Oceania, we are ready to savor the greatest tournament ever majestically conducted by the world's top
footballers. From the third world countries to the most developed ones, we shall become united as our eyes are focused on the
silver screen. This is what the World Cup is all about. It is a tournament that brings the best out of all of us, players and fans
combined. This is the World Cup, the world's uncontestable tournament.
The World Cup brings a special meaning for every participated country. For Argentina, it means to bring the Trophy back
home to bring some joy to the Argentines during this difficult economic period. For Belgium, it means to bring back the glory
days of 1982 and 1986. In the case of Brazil, it means to erase the humiliated defeat against France in 1998. For Cameroon,
it means to bring some prestige back to Africa. For China, it signifies, total contentment for the world's most populated country.
Will Bora Milutinovic do it again as the Chinese are getting ready to erupt in Tianammen Square? For Costa-Rica, it signifies
to bring back the glory days of Italy 1990. In the case of Croatia, it means to reproduce the miracle in France 1998. For
Ecuador, it means to show that they belong to the big show.
For Denmark, it's time to bring the glory days 1986
orchestrated by the talented Elkjaer. For England, it means to put an end to the Argentina's ghost. For France, it's all about
to show why they are world champions -- Will Zidane drive them to the gloryland again as he drove Real Madrid to the
Champions League title with that majestic goal? For Ireland, it's all about the great Roy Keane? Will the majestic Keane rise
them to the top as he always did for Manchester United? We'll have to wait and see. For Germany, it's all about reaching
the quarterfinal. Will Ballack bring the glory days of Lothar Matthäus and his national coach, Völler. For Italy, it signifies to
win it all to erase the memories of penalty kicks of Italy 1990 after being castigated by Maradona, USA 1994 after being
chastised by Romario and Bebeto, and succumbed in France 1998.
For Japan, it's all about to edge South Korea in the final
standings. Will Nakata step it up? Soon, we shall know. For Mexico, it's all about bringing respect to the CONCACAF. Will
Rafa Marquez drive the Aztecs to the big dance? For Nigeria, it's all about revenge for USA 1994. Will Jay-Jay Okocha
conduct the Super Eagles' Orchestra? For Poland, it's all about bringing back the glory days of Lato and Boniek; can they
do it? For Portugal, it's all about bringing back the spectacular moments of the great Eusebio. Will Figo and Rui Costa step it
up to the highest level? For Russia, it is time to bring back the days of Oleg Blokin in Spain 82. For Saudi Arabia, it's about
playing with pride. For Senegal, it's all about to show why they are among the top soccer nations in Africa. Will they shock
the world in the opening game? We shall know very soon. For Slovenia, it's all about defending the pride of their country.
For South Africa, it's all about pride? Will they be able to show it? For South Korea, it's all about to rank higher than Japan
in the final ranking. For Spain, it's all about erasing World Cup frustrations. Will Raul bring the trophy to the land of the
majesty King Juan Carlos? For Sweden, it's time to bring back the glory days of USA 1994 under the direction of Tomas
Brolin. For Tunisia, it's all about to show why they belong to the big dance. For Turkey, it's all about getting respect under
the direction of Sukur and Basturk. For Uruguay, it's time to show the world why they have won two World Cups; the third
one is long overdue.
And for all of us in the Americas, will we be able to find a way to stay up to watch these games? Will we be able to get
together with our friends during these dreadful sleeping hours. Will we be able to get to work after watching these early
morning games. For all of us in Europe, will we be able to go to the local sports bars to celebrate with our friends while
drinking some great beers. For all of us in Haiti, will the country be ready to embrace a Brazil early exit? For all of us in
Africa, Will we see a Roger Milla, a Makanaki, a Mfede, and Nkono, a Song, an Amokachi? Will Nigeria bring the glory
days back to Africa? Will Nigeria step it up more than they did in USA 94. In Asia, Can Nakata bring some hope to the
Asian continent? Will the land of the rising sun shine at the end of the World Cup after some brilliant displays by the world's
Concerning the players, it's all about silencing the critics. For Batigol, the time has come to redeem himself; it will be
very sweet for him to do it against the Italians. For Trezeguet, the time has come to show why he is among the world's best
scorer; it will be very sweet for him to do it against Argentina. For Totti, it is time to bring the trophy back to the eternal city
where the celebration will start for the Italians. For Ariel Ortega, will his new number bring some magical moments of Diego
Armando Maradona as he is ready to put behind him the disastrous moment against Holland in France 1998. For Roy
Keane, it's all about to show why he is among the best players in the World as he is ready to make the celebration start in
the city of Dublin. For Juan Veron, will this be his World Cup as he is ready to silence his critics. For Larsson, it is time for him
to earn his respect; it's all about pride as he is ready to drive Sweden. For Claudio Reyna, it's all about getting respect for
the United States of America. For David Beckham, will he win the fight against Diego Simeone? For Jay Jay Okocha, will he
bring his magical moments back for the Super Eagles? For Oliver Kahn, Will he be the savior for Germany? For Claudio
Suarez, will he bring Mexico to the next level? For Hernan Crespo, it's all about putting it at the back of the net. For
Ronaldo, it's all about pay back time. For Walter Samuel, it's all about showing why he is the world's best defender.
For Zinedine Zidane, it's all about composure and style "baby" as the world is ready to contemplate the stylish skills of the
Frenchman. Will he join the ranks of Pele, Maradona, Platini, Matthaus, Beckenbauer, Zico, etc. For Aimar, will he be able
to conduct the Midfield as opposed to the less Bielsa's favorite Juan Roman Riquelme of Boca Juniors. For Montella, the time
has come to show if he really in the ranks of the world's greatest scorers. Will he win the battle against Batistuta? We shall
see. For Thierry Henry, will he do it for France since this time he will be on the same team with Fabian Barthez? For Barthez,
will he step it up in the World Cup after causing so many mistakes that caused Manchester United not to win the Premiership? If
not, France will be an early exit! For Abreu, will he bring back the memories of Enzo Francescoli to the
Uruguayans? For Solis, Will he drive Costa Rica to the big dance?
For the injured players, will they be able to find some consolation this summer? Perhaps, but it is devastated. For Riquelme
and Saviola, we hope to see you all in Germany 2006 as the stubborn Bielsa decided to drop both of you. For Romario, it's
sad not to see you again, perhaps never again in a World Cup. It's so strange that Bielsa and Scolari have decided to cut the
South American best players. In 2000, Romario won the South American footballer of the year and Riquelme was placed
second. In 2001, it was the reverse, as Riquelme won the award, and Romario was placed second. During the award
ceremony, Riquelme " No trophy can be compared to the trophy given by the people, thank you" It must have been
devastated for these two players, but Riquelme will be there in 2006, hopefully not with Bielsa. If there is some sort of
consolation, Roman, the same happened to Maradona after "el flaco" Menotti decided not to call Maradona in 1978. Will the
Boca Fans in Argentina be in love with Bielsa since the coach did not select any player to represent Boca Juniors in
Korea/Japan. This is very sad indeed when one sees what Boca Juniors have accomplished in the last two years thanks to
Riquelme. For Scolari, no one knows what he is thinking, at this present time, Romario is the best Brazilian player on the
For myself, it's time to put an end to this article as I am preparing myself to enjoy this World Cup with the world and especially
with all the Brazilian and Argentine fans in my native land, Haiti.
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