GOAL!

Three of them, against France. Team USA is going to the World Cup final! Wooo!

Funny thing — I never enjoyed watching sports before, but when you’re an expatriate, watching your national team win something is a real kick in the patriotic pants. I’m thrilled for the team and, for possibly the first time in my life, actually anxious to watch a sporting event besides the Tour de France. Not only that, but I’m anxious to watch a soccer sporting event, which for an American is sort of like saying I’m a fan of curling.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that my wife’s passion for soccer is rubbing off on me. It’s not rubbing off on our son, however. He appears to be one of the approximately seven males in all of Portugal who doesn’t like the beautiful game. I hope this won’t affect his future ability to find a mate.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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11 Responses to GOAL!

  1. Inge says:

    I just have to laugh with this.. a football fan (yes football meaning soccer.. the other one isn’t even played with their feet). We’ll make a semi-european out of you yet.. lol.(really not meant seriously)

  2. JBrandao says:

    Don’t worry about your son. He can join me in the club of football non-lovers. πŸ™‚ And the other 5 of us.

  3. M. says:

    I am with your son. πŸ™‚

    No, I am worse. Since Euro 2012 annoucement I hate football.

    • MJ Valente says:

      Since Euro 2011? Why?

      I’m more disappointed with the Qatar WC. (But then again, I guess someone is very happy with a luxury house, car and vocations.)

      • M. says:

        Why? JBrandao said it nicely: waste of money. I happen to live in Poland and I don’t like seeing money wasted on brand new stadiums which will never be used after Euro 2012. If we follow Grece in a bankruptcy road, the football will be to blame πŸ˜‰

  4. JBrandao says:

    I never liked football, although after the Euro2004, I absolutely hate it. A waste of money and a load of stadiums being a huge weight on cities budgets (like Aveiro)

  5. Astrid says:

    I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to watching the game (Japan vs. USA) tomorrow inside the stadium in Frankfurt. I watched Japan vs. Sweden last Wednesday and can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like tomorrow. And yes, I’m cheering for the US team – though I have to admit that I believe they won’t win. Sorry.

    • oregon expat says:

      I’m envious! What a great game to see live.

      I’m rooting for Team USA too, though I have to admit that I won’t be heartbroken if they lose, just because it would be such a tremendous boost for Japan to win the Cup. There’s a nation that could desperately use something to get excited about.

      • Astrid says:

        I could send you some photos πŸ™‚ ’cause I’m going to take my camera with the telephoto lens (200mm) with me. And for the past three games I was allowed to use it. So, let’s hope and see πŸ˜‰

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