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I got the amazing opportunity to attend the semi final World Cup match here in Durbs between Germany and Spain. What a stadium, what an experience, what a game!

I was flying the Spain flag since they had never been that far, but really was just hoping for a good game – and got one. Drank a few Buds (yes, it’s ridiculous that you can’t get a South African beer in the stadium, but Fifa is a bit of a sponsor slut), had a foot long dog (editor’s note: it was 1.5 footlongs), and enjoyed the game with my coworker Steve.

We also happened to be sitting next to Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune (the one who pulled a red card against Uruguay) and midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane. On the way home, I flagged down a cab that was headed to my neighborhood and I happened to be sharing it with a Springboks rugby player. Quite the sports celeb night and a great semifinal game to wrap up my World Cup experience.

Spain + Germany fans (hard to tell them apart w/ the similar colors)

Khune in the white sweatshirt, Letsholonyane beside him in black.

Game day rush-hour traffic as seen from my company’s rooftop bar


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Ghafana Ghafana

The crowd at my birthday-eve dinner reacts to Ghana’s shootout defeat by Uruguay. Boo.

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Three wildly cheering, decked-out Hawthornes weren’t enough to carry the USA through to the next round. Should we blame Modern George for his no-show? Regardless, we had a great time watching the game in Umhlanga — even if we were in a very noticeable minority of USA fans.

John sports his dad’s 1979 Star City Striders t-shirt

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Portugal vs. Brazzzzz

We were in the stands of the gorgeous Moses Mabhida stadium on warm and sunny Friday afternoon for the Brazil-Portugal match. It had (rightfully) been hyped as one of the great matchups of the early rounds, but the fact that both teams were numerically guaranteed a spot in the Round of 16 meant that neither one of them was very hungry for the win.

But even if it wasn’t the most exciting game ever played, it was still incredible to be there — and within just a few meters of the field! Our seats were amazing, and our tickets came with access to the “hospitality tent” before and after the game — where you know we made up for any lack of on-field excitement.

We supported Portugal, but only because I own more red accessories than yellow. Had any Brazil fans tried to start anything with me, I would have definitely dropped my colors and run away.

A Portugal fan sums up the experience of walking into the jaw-dropping stadium.

We were within spitting distance of Cristiano Ronaldo!! (far left of this pic)

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Sand Stadium

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Back to the Durban Beach Fan Park for USA-Algeria last night. And if we thought the crowd was rowdy after that 3rd-then-recalled goal in the Slovenia game, you should have SEEN the USA fans when we finally scored a point in the 91st minute of this one.

I’m still seeing stars and little cartoon birds flying around my head after the shoulder I took to the jaw (JG’s, and completely accidental) during the celebration — but it was totally worth it. Goooooal!

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Stadium Sunset

Terrible, terrible camera-phone picture taken (by the passenger) through the windshield while whizzing past at 80km/h, but still worth sharing. Cannot WAIT to be on the inside for Brazil/Portugal on Friday!

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