World Cup: Stressful



Yep it’s back again, the World Cup. It is unfortunate that Bahrain wasn’t able to qualify (it would’ve been in New Zealand’s group if qualified), but luckily for me I am half Brazilian. Yep, half 5 time champions, cup holders, stars on jersey etc… I am proud that my other half are the best around to compensate the second half, after all its not everyday you meet a half Bahraini/Brazilian.

In the past, pre World Cup 1998 when I was quite young the World Cup was something I looked forward to eagerly, I still remember the final match of 1994: Brazil vs. Italy. I was then looking forward for the next cup to see Brazil win again (would’ve been the 5th win). But alas the Brazil vs. France match was on French soil and they won. I was embarrassed to go to school the next day but I had to. I was mocked all day but a few words silenced my local friends: “…at least they played in the cup!”.


Years passed, and 2002 came, Brazil took the cup back but I did suffer during the WC period. Another 4 years and I was now studying in Malaysia away from home when the cup took place. Match after match with Brazil, I had decided not to watch and find out the result the next day (it took place late night Malaysia time). I was in Bahrain during a part of the cup that year, most notably the Brazil vs. France game. I slept through that match. I woke up next morning with a white board next to me written by mother “Brazil lost” and a sad face…

From that year on I struggle to watch a Brazil match when it is during an important championship. Sometimes I feel like I need an ambulance on stand by, because that is how intense it is for me. My heart beats fast, my pressure goes up, I can feel the adrenaline pumping to the point where I feel a bit sick. It seems like it has become a curse to me…

So the cup is back once again, I watched the first half of the match Brazil vs. North Korea, the playing was in my opinion very weak and I thought Brazil were not going to make it. I was frustrated enough to skip the second half (the goals they made later weren’t going to get me back on the couch).

I am confident Brazil can take the cup once again, although the other teams all seem to be doing pretty good. I hope I get the balls to watch the other Brazil matches!!!!!


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