If we were hosting the rugby World Cup, lost the semi-final to England, played against South Africa for 3rd and 4th place and lost and had to watch Australia in the final, how would we be feeling?
We’d be somewhat less than ecstatic but southern hemisphere loyalty would probably beat trans-Tasman rivalry and we’d be cheering for the Aussies.
That will probably be how it is for Brazil, having to watch Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final today after losing to the Netherlands yesterday.
They’d rather it was them but South American solidarity will probably trump their rivalry with their neighbours and they’ll back them against the European team.
We have German friends and our surname has German origins.
My farmer’s great-grandfather and his brother were Germans who jumped ship in the 18th century to avoid conscription into the Prussian army.
They ended up in New Zealand where eventually the name became Anglicised.
Relatives of the two brothers still live in Germany and we have friends there too so I could be backing the Germans.
But our links with Argentina are stronger.
We hosted an AFS student from there, his family is now ours. We’ve been there seven times and they’ve visited us too and the links were strengthened when our nephew married and Argentinean.
So today we’ll be backing the team in blue and white and shouting, ¡vamos Argentina!