World Cup 2010: The Finale

So we have made it to the end. Although it is with great sadness that the World Cup is over, I can now refocus on the other aspects of my life that have been put on hold. But, as promised, here is the last blog.

The World Cup Final broke many records this year, and I'm not just talking about the fourteen yellow cards that were doled out. Spain won the golden cup for the first time ever and a record 24.3 million Americans tuned in to watch the match!
This weekend was one intensely anticipated. I watched the runners-up game between Germany and Uruguay at my friend's apartment. We ate a delicious heirloom tomato and avocado salad with grilled rotisserie chicken and watched as goal was retaliated by goal into what turned out to be a rather high-scoring match! Germany triumphed and got the third place glory they probably deserved.

After being turned away from many bars and restaurants for not having made a reservation for the big final game, my friends and I found a small French bistro reassuringly named "Tout Va Bien." They had one table left right next to the projector screen where they were showing the game. Prime seating. The European crowd wooed and booed throughout the tight match. Over whole artichokes, mixed green salads, and croque-monsieurs, we watched as the ref handed out yellow cards like candy, and ignored a blatant red card when Alonso was kicked cleats up in the chest. Our admittedly very cute Spanish-Swedish waiter provided us with ample amounts of Sancerre, beer, and at the end, a celebratory bottle of champagne. When Iniesta finally secured Spain's victory with a gorgeous shot with only four minutes left of overtime play, the restaurant erupted into cheers and shouts of "Viva EspaƱa! Ole Ole Ole Ole!"

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