I was on your side yesterday! Mostly because I found "it's coming home" to be really annoying, but still
TBH I don't care much about football/soccer, and the highlight of the World Cup for me was being in Belgium when they won a match, which was very entertaining. The local supporters certainly made excellent use of a lot of local beer.
I was lucky to be there at the semi-final yesterday. Singing of the English fans was the highlight. Although I am happy for Luka Modric who is one of the best midfielders in the world today (and he plays for Real Madrid ) I cannot get behind Croatia as a team. Too many players whose behavior is unsportsmanlike.
Since Saturday, all the teams I was rooting for lost. Russia, Belgium, England (I don't have strong feeling for the Three Lions, just had to root for someone yesterday). That probably means Croatia will win the World Cup on Sunday. Allez les Bleus!
Referee for the final will be Nestor Pitana of Argentina. He previously refereed RUS-KSA, FRA-URU, and CRO-DEN. The fact that both teams in the final have had him already and neither objected to the assignment probably played heavily into this selection.
Our local radio station has just announced that the Croatian Church has changed it’s mass time on Sunday from it’s usual 11:00am (when the final is on in our time zone), to 9:30am, so everyone is expected to NOT MISS MASS, because of the game.
ETA.... The Croatian soccer club is only mile up the road from the church, and everyone was told to meet there after mass - they are normally a pretty excitable bunch, so it’s going to be absolute mayhem there on Sunday.