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
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The World Cup Dance: From Continent to Continent
The World Cup is underway and so far the past World Cup winners such as Germany, England, Argentina, and Italy have shown that they are ready for the tasks. Now, we will have to wait for Brazil and France to see if they will join their elite group. So far, we have seen a great World Cup with lots of goals.
Well, the celebration started in the streets of Munich with Germany wining over Costa Rica 4-2. Then the celebration left the European continent for the South American continent where the World Cup dance continued in the streets of Quito to celebrate the victory of Ecuador over Poland, 2-0. However, the British players made sure that the World Cup dance gets back to Europe in the streets of London to celebrate England 1-0 over Paraguay. While many of us were waiting for the CONCACAF to be humiliated by Sweden, Well, the World Cup dance found itself in the Caribbean in the streets of Port-of-Spain, after the Socca Warriors frustrated the Swedish national team. Trinidad & Tobago have shown to the world that they do belong to the big dance. To this day, the people of Trinidad are still celebrating.
Then it was for the Albiceleste to prevent the Elephants to spoil the party in Buenos Aires. We have to give Ivory Coast some credit because they came close to bring the World Cup dance to the African Continent. However, the conductor of the Argentina orchestra, Juan Roman Riquelme, made sure that the Tango of the World Cup dance continued in “La Plaza Republica en Buenos Aires.” Then it was up to the Dutch to bring back the dance back to Europe in the city of Amsterdam. The Dutch did just that by beating Serbia & Montenegro 1-0. However, for a minute, there was a possibility that the World Cup dance would have been in the Middle East. But, Mexico had another idea. Thus the Mexican Salsa of the World Cup Dance continued in Mexico City.
However, the Portuguese have decided to bring the FofaorFado dance of the World Cup to Lisboa by beating Angola 1-0. We have to credit the Palancas Negras for fighting with their former colonial masters and I hope that there will be a celebration very soon in the streets of Luanda for the people of Angola.
On the other hand, the Japanese was ready to dance the World Cup Dance of Bon Odori in the streets of Tokyo but the Socceroos postponed the Japanese celebration after scoring three goals in the last six minutes to beat Japan 3-1 therefore erupted a volcanic carnival in Melbourne and Sydney. Now I am waiting for Paul Marcuccitti, my columnist colleague, to passionately write about the Australian World Cup dance that is happening in the streets of Kaiserslautern in Germany and in the corridors of Sydney and Melbourne, or better yet in the whole country. There’s no better place to be right now than in Port-of-Spain, Sydney and Melbourne.
As the World Cup Dance continues in the Australian Continent, I was preparing myself for a combination of the Hip Hop/Rap Dance of the World Cup in the North American Continent, but the Czechs have decided to teach the Americans the Bohemian Polka World Cup dance. If the People of the United States were disappointed, then the People of the Czech Republic were celebrated in the city of Praha. I wanted the USA to start the game very strong, but it seems that the American players were not motivated. I did not see Donovan and I did not see Beasley. Basically, the whole USA team did not show up. The USA mathematically has a chance to make it to the second round but it will be very difficult. Can the Americans do it? Yes, but they must first believe in themselves and give their best against Italy and Ghana. This won’t be an easy task, but it can be done. I am mostly disappointed because all national teams so far have given the colors of their nations with great pride and dignity while the Americans did not show any sign of life. It’s up to Bruce Arena to bring life back to the USA national team.
As Europe was celebrating the Bohemian Polka Dance, I was waiting for my dearest African brothers from Ghana to bring the World Cup dance to the African Continent. But the “Forza Azzurri” postponed the celebration so far for the people located on the Gulf Guinea. If the city of Accra, the Capital of Ghana, was in mourning; then it was a different story in the eternal city, Rome, as the Italians celebrated their opening World Cup win over Ghana.
As the people of “Bel paese” continue to celebrate the World Cup dance in Rome, we have to ask ourselves whether or not Togo will bring the First World Cup dance to the African Continent? Will South Korea bring the First World Cup dance to the Asian Continent? Will Brazil bring back the Samba of the World Cup Dance to Rio de Janeiro so that the World Cup dance can remain in South America for this Tuesday?
We’ll have to wait and see.
Until the next article on South America, Let’s join the big dance!
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