It's been a wonderful thing to watch these World Cup games and to see the beautiful people of all different races and cultures coming together to cheer on their home team as well.
I know that there is always going to be one or two knuckle heads in every crowd, but for the most part the crowd has been passionate and well behaved.
There has been no bananas being thrown on the pitch and no monkey sound taunts. I guess those racists in Europe just couldn't afford to go to Brazil. Which, if you think about it, kind of makes sense.
America is still in it, so Americans will be engaged for the next few days. The bars will remain full with overnight--front running-- soccer fans, who are full of with patriotic fervor and zeal cheering on the old Red White & Blue.
We will see if Jurgen and the boys can keep giving them something to cheer about.
One thing that I have found fascinating about these games (which has been a recurring theme for the last few World Cups) is the ethnic makeup of squads from places like The Netherlands, Belgium, and England. Heck even the Italians and the Swiss have some color sprinkled in their lineups. Their squads have been shaped by the migration of immigrants due to decolonization.
Of course this is not the case with Eastern European countries that tend to be poorer and driven by more extreme right wing politics.
Then there are the "ethnically homogeneous" squads from Japan and South Korea. These are both countries where the immigrant populations are very small, so they can be excused for not having the same level of diversity when they take the pitch.
The thing you have to understand about world football as well is that "citizenship is negotiable". Just look at the makeup of the American team with all those German and European based players, whose connection to America is not exactly a strong one.
Personally, I love it. I love the fact that nationalistic lines are being blurred and that more and more people are becoming world citizens.
"In all of these countries the changing makeup of the national team has served as both an optimistic emblem of successful integration and a lightning rod for accusations of inauthenticity; who does and does not sing the national anthem before the games has become a touchstone of citizenship for many far-right commentators."
Get over it. The world is changing.