World Cup Preview: Finals

I can’t believe this is the last weekend of the World Cup- it’s gone by so quickly. Despite being Latin-American, I have never watched so much soccer fútbol in my life. That’s why I’m a novice when it comes to the World Cup. I definitely heard and read about the tournament beforehand, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. And I have despite, the issues in this World Cup, like a dull group stage and inconsistent officiating.

Even though I knew little about the sport leading up to the Cup, I knew the favorites to win- the usual suspects. After the group stage though, South America was dominating while Europe was falling apart. In the Round of 16, things went like they were supposed to, for the most part: every team that won their group advanced, except the U.S. Things got a little wild in the quarter-finals, when powerhouses Brazil and Argentina both lost. (I refuse to say upset, because they lost to talented squads.)

Wesley Sneijder and David Villa share the World Cup lead with 5 goals

Heading into the semis, I don’t think anyone would’ve really expected these final four teams: the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Uruguay. The Cup though, kind of unfortunately, will be staying in Europe. I was hoping for a Netherlands-Germany final, but I do respect Spain and Uruguay. (I did get flack for rooting against Spanish and Latin teams though.) The final two games will certainly be interesting, and I don’t think anyone really expected these match-ups a month ago.

Because my dad has been a Holland fan since 1974, I’ll be sporting Orange on Sunday. Even if Spain was to win though, it’ll be great to have a new nation join the other seven countries to have won a World Cup. By the way, the last time a new champion was guaranteed was 32 years ago, when Argentina beat the Dutch. Maybe it’s finally time for the Netherlands to win it all- after all, they have won every single game they’ve played.

Of course, if the octopus has it his way, Spain will take home the Cup. He’s 11-for-11, in case you were wondering.

What do you think?

Here’s to an amazing finish to the World Cup. It’s been quite a ride.

~ Sarah