Hasta Luego Copa Mundial!

28 Games, 19 TVs, 9 Cities, 4 Countries …(and we didn’t keep track how many cervezas, vinhos, pisco sours, caipirinhas, and other adult beverages we consumed.)

As we roamed the globe working on RahRah4Good, we took time out to watch many World Cup matches on TV—in sports bars, apartments, hotel rooms, and restaurants. Now, we’re in withdrawal …

World Cup madness has been part of our lives for years, including:

Ed was in Brazil in 1970 when Pele played and Brazil won the whole thing! He still occasionally hums Pra Frente Brazil, the tune that captured the nationalistic spirit of Brazil during the period of military control.

Ed with Brazilian Friends and Family 1970
Ed with Brazilian Friends and Family during the !970 World Cup
Ed in Brazil with Jose RIcardo 1970
Ed with Jose Ricardo at the time of the 1970 World Cup

With Leslie and Ben, we attended the 1994 World Cup at Stanford Stadium – cheering for USA and Brazil (against Germany and Cameroon).

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Leslie and Ben at the 1994 World Cup








Åsaone of our au-pairs in the 90’s showed us how to cheer for Sweden!

Asa Cheering for Her Team

And we shared the agony of the Dutch loss in the 2010 final in Geneva with Kitty, another of our au-pairs from the 90’s, and her family.

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Kitty and Sienna for the World Cup Finals in Geneva in 2010

This year we had a lot of teams to cheer for.

Naturally we cheered for the USA, whenever possible.

In Africa, we had to set the alarm to wake up to watch the June 16th match between midnight and 2 am. (Then we had to arise again at 5 a.m. for our trekking activities.)  No photos here!

When possible, we also cheered for last year’s adopted country – Ghana, with our custom Black Star jerseys!

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Jan and Ed Wearing the Ghana Football Kits From Ghanian Friends

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And, we extended our loyalty to all-things-African to include Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire, home to some of our SEED clients, and even Cameroon and Algeria, (where we’ve never been).

Of course, we also cheered for Chile, our current adopted country, with Leslie and Marcelo.

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Ed, Jan, Leslie and Marcelo Cheer the Chilean Team at Flannery's

In memory of Nana Petra, who took care of Leslie and Ben when they were very young, Mexico got our support. For Kitty, we had to cheer for the Dutch.

It got complex, but a clear hierarchy of favorites emerged.

When necessary, we found sports bars that showed two games simultaneously!  Marcelo brought his Chile jersey from his childhood to selected games to bring good luck!

Marcelo and his Jersey
Marcelo with his "Marcelito" Shirt to Bring Good Luck to the Chilean Team

Jan met this Chilean soccer fan, who reminded us of San Francisco!

Jan and Friend at World Cup
Jan with a friend at Flannery's Between Periods
















Also, we attended parties, went to sports bars, and used our Slingbox from the US, and watched in hotel rooms. We found ourselves scheduling other activities around games involving our “favorites”.

During matches involving Chile, activities other than watching games ceased.  Avenida Presidente Riesco, a main boulevard, was completely empty during the Chile/Brazil game:

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Empty Streets During World Cup in Santiago

Many matches were shown on the enormous roof display at the Startup Chile incubator.

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The World Cup on the Huge Screen on the Ceiling of CMI--The StartupChile CoWork

World Cup at CMI

We couldn’t believe that some the SUP Chile participants worked through the games despite the blasting commentary. Talk about dedicated entrepreneurs!

We watched the championship match in a Peruvian restaurant in Concepcion, Chile, right next to a mural of Machu Pichu.

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Watching the World Cup Championship "Surrounded" by Machu Picchu Decor in Concepcion, Chile.

Atypically, one of our “favorite” teams wasn’t in the championship match, so we found ourselves cheering for Germany in solidarity with our Brazilian friends who couldn’t bear the thought of Argentina winning on Brazilian soil.

So long World Cup! We’ll miss you. It’s been fun. See you in 2018!

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(Cartoon courtesy of Åsa, a true soccer fan! )

3 thoughts on “Hasta Luego Copa Mundial!

  1. Diana

    My sister has been in Germany for the last three weeks enjoying the pandemonium of he final victory. We are going through some withdrawal, but the Giants scoring 8 runs by two grand slams (record setting) are keeping us from suffering too badly.


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