World Cup Fever in Nantes

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Yeah, yeah, I know, France is out. I hope I didn’t jinx Les Bleus… for once, I was actually out taking pictures of the crowd watching the France-Germany game on a big screen!

I’m not into soccer—I’m not into any sport, actually. Generally speaking, France is a soccer nation but I have never cared much about it. In 98, when France won the World Cup, I didn’t watch a single game and I didn’t party either. It’s not that I’m not patriotic or a killjoy—I just don’t care.

Feng likes watching sports in general, including soccer, so I usually know who is who and what’s going on. We were in France as well during the 2010 World Cup but there was little “soccer fever” in Nantes for some reason. Maybe South African didn’t scream “soccer” like Brazil does.

When we arrived in France, I noticed there was a “Brazil theme”—restaurants and fast foods had “Brazil-inspired” foods and drinks, clothing shop were showcasing green and yellow items and accessories, etc.

France won a few games and people really caught on soccer fever. French flags flew proudly and I heard mentions of the 98 World Cup.

Well, it didn’t exactly go as planned… France was Eliminated in quarter-finals. Oh, putain!

I still had a lot of fun taking candid shots during the France-Germany game.

You can see the com­plete set of pic­tures taken in France on Flickr.

Beer Cases and L'Équipe at the Supermarket

Beer Cases and L’Équipe at the Supermarket

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France-Germany Game

France, Kaput

France, Kaput

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5 Comments

  1. I didn’t watch the game either, but I enjoyed seeing people wearing French flags. One of the rare times that you’ll see people here so pumped for their country. You could feel the excitement walking around the city.

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  3. Les Elephants (Ivory Coast team) lost and i was heartbroken. I am a huge soccer fan and my husband is so so. He actually enjoyed this World Cup. Now that World Cup is over, i can stop screaming like a mad woman lol !!

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