FIFA World Cup Excitement Is Here!
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FIFA World Cup Excitement Is Here!

allianz  A little over four months ago, I stood on an empty landscape within Munich’s Allianz Arena complex at Werner- Heisenberg-Allee. Ground temperature was around 3 degrees but it felt like it was much colder.
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/>The sight of the arena even at daytime was amazing. You could tell it’s like a giant specialized balloon inflated to cover a stadium with capacity of 66,000 seats and glows with such beautiful colors at night.
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/>I knew this place is special. It’s where the Costa Rica will play the opener against the German national team, led by Chelsea transferee and a hero of this city’s local ballclub Bayern Munich. And at this very moment I am writing this blog, Germany has a 2-1 advantage in the later stages of the first half. It isn’t hard to imagine how that vast cold expanses would have transformed into flag draping, black-yellow-red clad German fans filling every square foot of the area with their wild cheering at the top of their voices on a warm atmosphere.
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/>It would be a dream to be in the crowd cheering for the Philippines if it ever joins the World Cup. But it’s more like a wishful thinking than a dream. Filipinos adore basketball even if our sizes won’t get past the tall and cat-quick Asian counterparts. I won’t mind if the FIBA suspension won’t get lifted. After all, the much-hyped RP Team won’t make waves as it used to. Soccer is a sport more suitable to Filipinos smaller stature compared to basketball even if 5 foot something players like Spud Webb and Earl Boykins can show small people can.
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/>That is why in the Philippines, the World Cup is not treated with much excitement because only a few football fans regularly follow it as opposed to the PBA whose only claim to fame is that it’s Asia’s first professional league established. Not much more.
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/>Living in Hong Kong made me love the game of football even if I am not playing the game. Locals are passionate even if they are more divided than before (in 2002, China was the obvious team to cheer for).
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/>And if only Filipinos can be as passionate as Hongkies, or even to our neighbors Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Malaysians, we could spring some hope and root more loyalty to our players who seemed to lack moral support on the pitch.
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/>In a game that halts a war and unites a nation, this could be a remedy similar to the Manny Pacquiao mania. Let’s be known as a passionate breed of people and not just master imitators (Friendster -> Pinoyster, iTunes -> FlipTunes, Youtube -> Pinoytube).