Monday, 30 June 2008

Podemos para Eurocopa 2008, Viva Espana!

Yesterday was a history for Espana as they won their title in Euro Cup 2008 against Alemania (Germany) by goal of 1-0. 2nd title in the history of Euro Cup. I never been soooo involved in a football game, never ever been a fan of football but here in Spain, football is almost life. Everybody, male, female, adults and kids, grandma and grandma participate themselves in supporting their club or country. So when they won, the fiesta started. (Spanish is well known with their fiesta). At 2300 when the match end, the noise of firecrackers, the sight of fireworks, horn blaring, singing and cheering on the street is really loud. Even I, myself as an adult sometimes stammered by the firecrackers and fireworks. So just imagine how my 17-day old baby girl reacted. Pity her. But as 'Yo soy Espanyol, Espanyol, Espanyol' she has to accept that.

One thing above so many things that I admired about Spanish is they really have a close relationship with their grandparents. When Spanish team was in the quarter and semi final, the media interviewed not only their parents, also their grandma and granddad. Iker Casillas (goal keeper) is admired by the whole hometown members. They called him 'santo' for saving the penalty kicks during quarter final against Italy. His grand mom kissed his picture during the game every time he saved a ball. And now every kid in my town wanted to be him. Torres, Guiza, David Villa, Capdevilla are nonetheless.

This remind me of a friend. He is Spanish and aged 26. At first I thought he is grand dad favorite. He told us that anywhere he moved, his grand dad will visit his place first, to approve his choice and to make sure he is okay. Kind of weird. But now, I understand and value the relationship they had. When looking back at our teenagers, how many can walk with their grandparents, have a good conversation? Leave alone taking care of the old folks when they are sick. Far from imagination. Yet here is normal.

As for the Euro Cup 2008, this was my first all in all coverage. I only missed games on 13 to 15 June as I was in hospital giving birth. But, my hubby and I were still lucky. With WIFI connection available (in hospital!) we were able to be updated with latest result. With the football fever still new in me, I hope that I will enjoy following another big game, World Cup 2010, with the similar (at least) enthusiasm. Looking forward for another football fever. For the time being, VIVA ESPANYA!

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