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First Day of competition

Written on: Friday June 11th, 2010

A journal entry from: World Cup 2010

The excitement leading up to the first match was unbelievable. We went into town and met Ed at a bar in Long St. It was so paked that all of the bars were closing their doors, so we were lucky to get in. The day was all singing, all dancing all vuvuselaing, and when the first goal went in, pandemonium. It's not every country whose people burst into spontaneous renditions of the national anthem. The partying in the street after the game was probably second only to Paris after France won the WC in 98 - and this after a draw in a group game! The few cars crawling up the road after the match often had their windows down and music blaring - attracting groups of dancers to form around them. You wouldn't want to be in a hurry.

We made our way to Green Point Stadium for the France v Uruguay match. My sign which said 'Today all Irishmen are Uruguayan' in Irish, English, Spanish and French was studied closely by security on the way in - they were happy enough with it, nodding as if they understood (even the Irish!). There weren't many Uruguayans at the match, but I eventually found some to get a photo with.

I won't comment on the match itself (assuming that if you care you already know about it), but the stadium was as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. 

 We are about to spend most of the next 5 days at National Parks, so it might be a while before the next update.