Throughout this summer we’ve been bringing you an inside look at the World Cup from the perspective of local Brazilians. They have offered their views on soccer and daily life in Brazil, revealing deep insights into the national obsession with futebol.
But now, it’s time to hear from us! We thought we’d turn our focus inward and take a look at what our own employees here at Senda think of the World Cup. Even though the tournament is over (*sigh*), it’s never too late to discuss the Cup! We will be profiling our staff members and asking for their opinions about the world’s most beautiful game.
In the fourth edition of our Staff Profile, we sat down with Raymond, our Operations Intern.
Raymond — With the World Cup only happening every four years, it is really something spectacular. It is something completely different from just watching soccer clubs play against each other because you now have entire countries backing their team and supporting them. The sense of pride from everyone during the World Cup makes the game that much more dramatic and exciting. Soccer is able to unite people not only from the same country, but also from different ones. People from a diverse set of countries may come to appreciate the collective play of the Dutch or the passion of the Italians and support them without any concrete nationalistic ties. Fans of all nations can sympathize with each other because they know the feeling of their team winning or losing.
As I spent my first 18 years in New Zealand and China – neither of which usually qualify for the tournament – I often end up supporting a different team altogether at the World Cup. For this edition in Brazil, I chose Germany because of how fluidly and efficiently they play. The players had fantastic chemistry with each other. It was exciting to watch. They were like the San Antonio Spurs of soccer — each player stuck to his role for the benefit of the team.