The four year wait is almost over. What makes the World Cup so special? I have some answers.
It’s Pele finding Carlos Alberto
It’s seeing Mick singing “here we go”
And Cuauh at full stretch in Bordeaux
It’s a Hagi, Stoichkov, and a Rivelino free kick.
And because Rossi’s got a hat trick
It’s Wynalda’s stunner in Pontiac
And Eugene Ekeke giving England a heart attack
It’s Bergkamp stopping a 60 yarder on a dime
And lamenting that Best, Giggs, and Weah
never got their chance to shine.
It made Cubillas and Schilacci household names
Can’t forget Jairzinho. He scored in 7 straight games.
It’s Oliseh’s strike from out of nowhere
Paul Brietner’s amazing hair
We wish we could have seen Garrincha, the little bird, fly
it’s made grown men like Gazza and James Cry
It’s Laudrup carving up Charruas in Neza
It’s Der Kaiser playing with one arm at the Azteca
It’s Gordon Banks denying el Rey
And David Narey giving Scotland hope… before Zico and Company took it away.
It’s Bebeto rocking the Baby at the Cotton Bowl
Its’ GENIO, GENIO, GENIO TA TA TA TA TA GOOOOOOOL
It’s Tardelli’s celebration
Brazil’s 7-1 humiliation
Who remembers that Kuwaiti pitch invasion?
It’s a Saudi dancing through Belgians at RFK
Guardado showing Croatia his knees don’t quake
Burruchaga leaving Germans in his wake
And Chicharito not knowing with whom to celebrate
It’s Nelinho’s curve ball, Suarez’ hand ball
And Alain Giresse playing like he’s 10 foot tall
It’s because Milla’s the only swinger in town
And Iniesta finally, FINALLY gave Spain the crown
But as great as it is to see everyone watch across town, it hurts like hell when your side finally goes down
That third goal at Wembley is debated to this day
Man, I wish Brasil’82 could have gone all the way
Cruyff and Platini showed some great stuff
But even their best wasn’t good enough
Maxi’s volley, Negrete’s scissor kick, and Platt’s turn
Fritz and company stunning the Hungarians in Bern
It’s being 3 down to North Korea before Eusebio’s 4 goal flurry
And because for 6 unforgettable minutes, Haiti led the Azurri
we know some truths: Messi… Ronaldo… genial
And we know in our hearts NO ERA PENAL
And on this eve our spirits are high and our hopes are up
Because we all have the unyielding belief that our team will lift the cup
Enjoy the mundial, carnales.