16 Jun 2014


During this weekend wherever I went I saw red ! The Football world cup in Brazil had started on 12 June and Belgium is represented by the "Diables Rouges" (the red devils ) and not only Belgium but the whole world has gone crazy. The only country in the world who calls "Football" Soccer are the United States. It made me curious why they are having another word for this so famous game ? I found the explanation here. Now either I or Mr. G. are interested in Football but it is impossible to ignore it !

I made some shopping and was surrounded by "Diables Rouges" photos or articles ! Even shopping bags ! You have to be a football fan otherwise you are not a "normal" person. When I went to Ilona on Saturday, all houses around hers had Belgian flags hanging out of the Window together with pictures showing the "Diables Rouges" ! I was so surprised that I forgot to take a picture ! Suddenly the Belgians (Flemish and Walloons) were united thanks to the football ! No question anymore of separating the country ! At least one good thing what football has done !

Football fever

Even the babies have no chance, there are pacifiers and bibs in "Diables Rouges" ! Coca Cola, Beer cans, spirits and even m&m  have another label ! There are "Diables Rouges" Hamburgers and meals !

Brussels famous "Maneken Pis" is wearing the outfit and the highest ball of the Atomium has been painted for the football ! When I opened my computer, Google jumped with a ball !

Our prime minister wears the scarf and a monument has been created for the "Diables Rouges" team. Fan or not fan you just can't ignore the Football fever ! The world could disappear but in the News they talk first about football in all countries, useless to change from Belgium to France, Italy or Germany, they all say the same but of course of their teams ! You want to watch your favorite TV series ? Impossible ! programs have changed and instead of watching "Downtown Abby" a football team plays ! Phew !!! Ilona and I were very angry because we love these series.

On Sunday morning I waited for Mr. G's phone call to know at what time I had to pick him up at the Bus station, because I wanted to go with Nicole and her daughter to the midi market. Finally I called and he told me he would only arrive around 6 pm. That left me nearly the whole day. So I jumped in my car and then into the bus and we met in a cafĂ©. 

On the market too, there were plenty of football articles, and I took a picture of Nicole looking for a T-shirt in a whole bunch ! She finally bought two trousers and fruits, her daughter didn't find anything interesting except the fruits of course. They are unbelievably cheap !

When I returned to my car another football fan was parked just besides me !

It's a miracle that my head hasn't yet the shape of a red football with devils instead of my eyes !

I picked up Mr. G at the bus station, and was half an hour late because I got stuck in a street sale behind the station ! Mr. G. was quite tired and his holidays hadn't been the holidays he had many years ago. Spending holidays with a nearly 4 year old grandson and his tantrums had stressed him he couldn't remember that his son was the same at that age, he remembered him as an angel ! (I don't). He also complained that he had eaten too much (!) and that his sister, niece and friends were so loud and noisy, even without hearing aid, which he had taken off ! It's strange how times change, now I don't bother about tantrums, loud Italians and too much eating  anymore, I rather suffered from that when I was a young woman. First thing when he came home was looking for the cats, for supper we had a pizza and he lay happily on the sofa with Arthur.  

At 9 pm he went to bed ! Welcome home !


Andrew said...

Australia calls it soccer too. Things aren't quite as crazy here but people are interested.

Andrew said...

Australia calls it soccer too. Things aren't quite as crazy here but people are interested.

Mara said...

That's the good thing here in Norway: they weren't good enough and didn't make it to Brazil. They are still very interested in it though, but from an outsider's point of view.

Linens and Royals said...

So Arthur and Mr. G are sharing a red outfit while they watch soccer?
Just saw little Prince George on TV, he can walk now. I wonder if he will have tantrums too?

Fun60 said...

I am already fed up of the football. I've just been told it goes on for 4 weeks!

Anonymous said...

Poor Mr G! Sweden isn't in the World Cup so the football fever is slightly better than it might otherwise have been...

Loree said...

Yes football fever everywhere. Oh well, what can you do? Everyone has to have their fun.

peppylady (Dora) said...

In the united states there is a different between soccer and football.

Coffee is on

A Lady's Life said...

hahaha No place like home.
Yes soccer is every where in full swing.
My house was nothing but soccer for a good many years Now its slowed down cause the kids grew up but even so
We can't miss the broken noses and
pain full side kicks etc... These are the glories of the sport.
We even have lotteries going as to who is going to win.

Marilia said...

Hi, I live in southern Brazil but I don´t like FIFA World Cup.
I like my football club and I prefer regional championships.
In Brazil only breathes football lately and it is difficult for a person who does not like finding refuge.
Works overpriced and people in need makes me ponder what would be best the cup have been taken elsewhere.
Anyway, luck to the teams!

Reader Wil said...

Here Football Mania has started as well. I don't like football but as you say, we cannot ignore it and it unites the country. Many houses are decorated with orange flags and some houses are painted orange. Sofar we won two matches, but I didn't watch the match. When does Downtown Abbey return?
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team