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Saturday, June 10, 2006

World Cup Fever... Have you got it?

Today, the world's attention is focused on the land of beers, cuckoo clocks and Oktoberfest --- Germany --- the host nation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Yeah... Everyone's been anticipating for this moment to arrive since the last global soccer phenomenon kicked off 4 years ago in co-host nations --- South Korea and Japan --- the first time ever Asian nations were selected as its venue.

So which nation do I support? If you guys have known me well enough, you should've no problems in guessing this right. My passion goes for France, forever and always. After the humiliating defeat and elimination from the first round 4 years ago, France has sworn to bring back the glory of being the 1998 FIFA World Cup champions. The drastic plunge in the recent world rankings from no. 2 to no. 8 has made this dream quite tough --- though not impossible --- to achieve.

The world's favourite is still mighty Brazil --- 5-time champions of the FIFA World Cup, including the 2002 tournament and also the current world no.1. Is Brazil able to defend her title and prove her invincibility to the world once more? Maybe, and maybe not. Heaven knows. Still, I'll pray for France no matter what happens. Vive la France! Don't let me down!

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