GREAT DREAM, GOOD TEAM from Beatriz, Uruguay
I was born in a little country of Southamerica, Uruguay.
Since I was a child I always heard about our glories in football. Our national team had conquered 2 olimpic gold medals in football (1920 and 1928) and afterwards the first World Cup was held in our country in 1930 and Uruguay was champion again, The same happened in 1950 when Uruguay won the final match against Brazil in Maracaná Stadium and received another title.
Football is not only the most important sport in our country. it is an important part of our identity, is a passion for a great part or uruguayan people.
Many uruguayan players are called to continue their careers abroad and are stars in european or american teams.
However, our national team could not classify to various FIFA tournaments and the last Cup in which we had a good position was in Mexico 1970.
Now, in South Africa 2010 the dream of generations of uruguayan fans is becoming true. ¡We are one of the best teams in the World Cup!
It is amazing how this team has captivated people sympathy and admiration. Everybody is speaking about the same subject, World Cup, our team, Forlan, Lugano and the coach Tabarez.
Flag sellers say that they are selling more flags than ever. Many buildings, houses and cars show the uruguayan flag. I have one on my window.
The day of a game, Montevideo appears in a different mood. Everybody is in a hurry to work or do errands before the time of the game. Many public offices and private company modified the working hours to let workers see the game on TV. During the game you can´t find a taxi, people gather in bars, clubs, working places or houses to see the match. The streets remain almost empty.
But after we win a match, hundreds of people go out to the main streets to celebrate, singing, shouting, with flags.
Everybody is happy and there are no rivalries. The thing that I can see as more important is that. The same people that last year were in opposite sides because of their political options or for being supporters of different local football teams, now all celebrate together, no matter who is at you side in the street. They sing together until they have no more voice. Our team, "la celeste" as we name it (the blue sky), has the power to join people of very different points of view, or social levels.
Last Friday, Uruguay- Ghana was themost exciting game. Before the match both captains read a declaration against racism. For me the emotion in front of the TV began in that moment. Then hearing our national anthem brought tears to my eyes. Everybody was tense with the hard definition of this long match, that in the end, after a lot of suffering put us in the semifinals after 40 years.
Is it true? We are into the four best squads of the world?
Crowds invade the streets in every city and town of our country. And thousands of uruguayan that live abroad also celebrated all over the world.
I think that this victories are also important because our country is named in the newspapers and TV in many countries that perhaps did not know anything about Uruguay.
After two days, I see that people is more friendly to strangers in the streets and shops, There is a collective change of mood. And now, we expect for more.
¡Uruguay is a feast.!