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Why we love the Mundial

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



It’s Tardelli’s celebration

Piojo’s exaltation

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.



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