Espresso Shots ☕, Football ⚽

My World Cup story ⚽

Just two more World Cup posts after this one and I’ll get back to regular posting. 😄

I’ve been so excited to share my World Cup experience during the tournament that I forgot to talk about how I became a fan of the beautiful game and why I support Les Bleus. So today, I present my World Cup story. I hope I won’t go overboard while writing. I’ll try to keep it as short as I can. 

FRANCE 1998

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If you’re born in Trinidad like me and you enjoy football, you root for two teams: Brazil or Mexico. Well, back then. My father grew up thinking that Pelé was the greatest (I went with Diego Maradona later on after watching his style) and Brazil was perhaps the best team to ever play the game. Dad used to play football with the local community team and although he had talent and what it took for him to represent Trinidad on the big stage, he never took up on the offers, instead choosing to see out the rest of his teenage years before going out into the world of work.

Dad insisted that I watch the World Cup for he wanted me to see why he supported Brazil. I was kind of reluctant for I did not want to sit and watch men kick a ball around for 90 minutes. I had to take my words back for later on, I came to love and enjoy football. Anyways, so I watched dad’s team Brazil and I was not impressed although they were the favorites to win it all. But then, then I saw this beautiful team:

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This beautiful multicultural French team led by captain Didier Deschamps had my attention. They were nicknamed Black-Blanc-Beur (Black, White & Arab) and they defied stereotypes and they were the underdogs regardless of how great they were doing and this is how Les Bleus became the loves of my footballing life. As the competition wore on, I tuned in for all of their games. At that time, a resident psychic thought she saw it all and made a bold prediction about Brazil winning the WC. I laughed because I knew they weren’t going to beat the French team to it. Even dad was like, “But the psychic said…” I was like, “Dad, I love you, but Brazil is going to Samba back to their country without the ultimate prize.”

On July 12th, the final between Brazil and France was intense, but France’s multiracial Rainbow Warriors won it 3-0 and lifted the trophy with pure joy. 

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Back then, everyone was talking about Zidane this and Zidane that, but two players stood out for me and they were Didier Deschamps (the captain) and Marcel Desailly.

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They had a great friendship and still do. They’re the godfathers of each other’s sons and they always talk fondly of each other.

RUSSIA 2018

Twenty years later, a new generation arrived with Didier Deschamps at the helm once again, this time as coach. Deschamps has led France to its second World Cup victory, twenty years after winning it as a player.

Hugo Lloris

And watch the diversity of our goalies:

I talked a lot about France over the course of this year’s World Cup tournament so I won’t do that here now. This beautiful diverse team is not going to stop racism, but they’re an example of what people can achieve by working together as a team regardless of the color of skin or background.

ALLEZ LES BLEUS!!

Football ⚽, Musings

So, it’s July…

…and it still hasn’t settled in as yet.

We welcomed July with heavy rains last evening, so I thought this scripture was fitting. 

The World Cup wraps this month – the 15th to be precise – and I’ve been loving the atmosphere so far. The euphoria of the greatest event on the planet – it was never you, Carnival – has captured many attention and hearts globally, but please, make sure it doesn’t capture your soul. I’ve read a news article in which two fans took their lives in two separate incidents. One took his life when Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia and the other when they got knocked out of the tournament by France. 

Bottom line is, this is just football and there is no need for anyone to take his/her life over it. The young men who took their lives were not even Argentinians; they hailed from India. I’ve been supporting France for years now and if they don’t win this WC, it’s not going to be the end of the world for me. It is selfish to take our lives over trivial and meaningless things.

We die for mortal idols, yet, we won’t die for the One who gave His life for us if the chance presented itself. Be careful of who/what you worship for these mortals aren’t gods; they’re flesh and blood just as us.

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Challenge for juillet

Again, I won’t be doing any challenges this month. Last month, I said I wanted to complete the tags and challenges I’ve been neglecting for months, but never got around to it. I’ll try to see what I can do this month. 

Blessed juillet to all and keep walking with Jesus. 

 

Football ⚽, Français ... et autres langues.

French Friday: football terms ⚽

Bienvenue à un autre édition de vendredi français. If you’ve been reading or simply passing through my blog, you’ll see that the World Cup fever has taken over. 

Before I continue, I just want to say how happy I am for Les Bleus moving on to the round of 16 in the coupe du monde. They have room to improve, but even if they don’t make it past the round of 16, they’ll always be my heart. 💙

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Impossible N’est Pas Francais!

Votre force, notre passion. Allez les bleus!!!

It’s day 9 of the World Cup and I’ve decided to learn a few football terms in French. 😄

Football (le football)

game/match – le match
halftime – mi-temps
overtime – la prolongation
stoppage time – les arrêts de jeu 

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People & Players (Gens et joueurs)

team – une équipe
coach – un entraineur
referee – un arbitre
player – un joueur
forward – un avant, attaquant
striker – un buteur
goalie – un gardien de but/goal
defender – un défenseur
winger – un ailier

Les Bleus – “the blues” which refers to the French national football team

France vs. Peru: Group C - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Scoring and Penalties (Buts et pénaltys)

goal – un but
own goal – un but contre son camp
perfect pass – un caviar
corner kick – un corner
free kick – un coup franc, coup de pied arrêté
yellow card – le carton jaune
red card – le carton rouge
tackle – un tacle

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French aside, I’ve not been brushing up on my Greek and Italian. What about you? What have you learned this week that you’ll love to share?

Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Share Your World – June 11, 2018

Here again to participate in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge!

If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?

This is hard, but I’ll have to go with King Louis XIV because he was an intriguing, fascinating, fabulous, fashionable creature of habit… and he’ll make a great muse for stories!

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And he had France in heart, soul, and mind when he made her the most enviable country in the world when he built the extravagant Palace of Versailles.

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60s, 70s, 80s, 90s: Which decade do you love the most and why?

The 80’s because it gave me the best music I’ve ever experienced and it gave me this man…

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I tend to always associate the 80’s with music. 🙄

When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

For being a true representative of God. 💙

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

Preparing for the World Cup! I am excited for the tournament to kick off already!

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***GIFs/pictures via Google Search

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Football ⚽, Musings

World Cup madness!

This month is definitely going to be an interesting one. 😁

It’s June and although I’ve already scheduled some posts in advance, I won’t be blogging or checking in much this month. Okay, maybe I’ll check in a little. The World Cup is right around the corner and I am so excited for this tournament already!

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This month I plan to follow the WC closely and cheer my teams on. Blogwise, I’ll be cleaning out drafts (you do not want to know how many drafts I’ve saved since then), unfollowing inactive blogs, and probably look for a new theme. Maybe I’ll also post my six-word stories. We’ll see.

Challenge for juin

I won’t be doing any challenges this month. Maybe I’ll talk about football-related things during this month, but I’m not sure as yet. What I want to do, though, is get all the tags and challenges out of drafts and into scheduled posts this month so I’ll definitely do that.

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Blessed juin to all and to those who are football fans, all the best to your team during World Cup.