I keep asking myself for the last few days this very same question over and over again.
Will we have another four days of happiness (or five depending which part of the world you live) or another four year of pain?
That’s how I like to summarize about today’s match.
I will dare to say that I was very confident that we will reach this far no matter who we have to play in the Round of 16. Even when our backs are against the wall, we will still manage to pull through to get the results that we want; even if in this World Cup it has not been very encouraging.
I’ve been a fan since I was six years old when my uncle made me watch this little genius running around in Mexico 1986. I was too young then to understand why this game has this inner feeling that is so deep but I do know at one glance I fell in love with Argentina and never looked back.
Four years later as a ten year old, again I was still too young, too naïve to understand why this feeling is so contagious. That was until the final whistle when I saw that little genius crying, that I knew that this game, this team is going to play a big part of my life.
This feeling also gave me reason to be optimist that the day will come that we will see a future player lifting that trophy. It is the same optimism that will arrive when every World Cup is bound take place ever since.
However with every optimism; also comes a level of anxiety and even stress, feeling worried mixed together with excitement, happiness and joyful spirit. I must warn you that this is a deadly bloody cocktail which if burst like a bubble, could take a person into any direction.
It’s a bizarre feeling.
And now this bizarre feeling is getting stronger after having not seen our beloved team getting past this stage at the World Cup since 1990. It was there with me when we had to play Germany in the last two occasions. And the outcome was…… arghh nevermind!
Maybe that’s why to me, this game is a lot more important than the final itself, for now at least.
Whatever happens after today’s game, I know that we won’t be alone as no matter what we will have each other console each other’s joy or pain.
But for now, all I wish to ask for is for the Beard to grant me another FOUR days for me keep this cocktail flowing, for now at least.