Bustling to Berlin, Hustling to Hamburg
Fri 16 Jun 2006 0 °F
This is a travel day, with Phil and Kate going to Hamburg and the rest to Berlin. This entry will follow the others – perhaps Phil & Kate will add their own? The trip to Berlin and then on to the hotel was just over 5 hours. Not attending any games today, so we just want to get settled and to the Fan Fast for the Brazil/Croatia game (unless we lucked into some tickets somewhere along the way, of course). The Brazil fans shine just like the team – they are very festive – there were drums and such in Cologne for those fans going to the game (or just to the Berlin Fan Fest?)
The Berlin Fan Fest was incredible. There were a tremendous amount of people – as far as the eye could see. They had huge TV screens (yes screens) in a row so that all the people could see. Somehow we came in at perfect spot and got to the front of a walkway separator near the front of the first, biggest screen. Surprisingly, the Croatian fans were more in number and louder than the Brazilian ones. There was a big group that settled in right behind us. They had lots of chants and were having a good, but quirky time.
Another of their odd traditions seems to be the red fares. About the same time that they went off on the TV (during the last of the game), they had some go off just right behind us too. It was something to see.
Brazil looked poor (for them) slow and reluctant without much energy. The played just like they had in several of their last qualifiers, like they were bored with soccer – in a bad way – just not that interested in the game. If they continue this, they’re sure to get sent home, the Aussies or Japanese might just upset them as well.