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A nail-biting finish to the
World Cup erupted with thun-
derous applause, foot stomping
and cheers as Germany s fans cel-
ebrated the team s 1-0 victory
over Argentina yesterday.
Thousands of football fans gath-
ered at various spots across the
country to see the game. The city
of San Fernando became a ghost
town half an hour before the
much-anticipated match started,
as watering holes filled up with
crowds of supporters.
At D Vibez Lounge at Gulf View
Link Road, fans were treated to
fish broth and soft drink as they
celebrated Mario Götze s goal
which secured Germany as winners
of the 2014 World Cup.
Argentina fans, some of whom
wore striker Lionel Messi tee-shirts
also joined in the celebrations.
D Vibez s Creative Marketing
manager Shantell Hill said fans got
specials on beer paying $55 for a
six pack and $100 for a cooler filled
with a dozen beers. The lounge
was decorated with World Cup
flags and a blackboard with the
words "Who you backin?" Ham-
pers courtesy Coca Cola were dis-
tributed to those who placed bets
on the winning team.
Christal Joseph, who was sup-
porting Germany from the start,
said: "Germany had team work.
It was never a one-man show."
Her friend Abigail Bain said: "It
is clear from the start that the Ger-
mans would bring back the cup."
At the Rig on South Trunk Road,
football fans spilled outside of the
lounge to watch the game on large
screens. Patrons ordered food and
drinks. Two teenagers who tried
to sneak into the lounge to watch
the game were turned away.
Unfazed, they simply opted to
watch the match from outside.
At Carnival City lounge, hun-
dreds packed in to watch the game,
some with faces painted in German
or Argentine national colours.
When the game went 90 min-
utes without either team scoring,
fans were hungry for action. Sup-
porters began to chant "Germany!
In the 113th minute of the
match, when Götze stunned
Argentina with his surprise goal,
the crowds went wild.
Backers of Argentina, sickened
with disappointment, began
chanting: "Messi Messi."
It was an animated affair.
Earlier, when Gonzalo Higuaín
had gone offside with his goal
attempt, the crowds booed loudly.
As Gonzalo was called for a foul
after he collided with Germany s
Manuel Neuer, fans began chant-
ing: "Justice! Justice!"
However, many grimaced when
Messi in the 122nd minute failed
to score when a clear shot at goal
was struck over the bar.
With all the hype, necessary
precautions were still being taken.
Some patrons were turned away
by a security guard who warned
that the lounge was overcrowded.
"We are not allowing anyone to
come in here because the place is
"There is only one entrance and
if there is a fire, it will be danger-
ous," she explained.
Strong words of commendation
for Argentina s star player Lionel
Messi came from Argentine Ambas-
sador to T&T, Marcelo Salviolo yes-
"Messi is one of the best players
in Argentina today and he worked
hard during the game and in the tour-
nament," Salviolo said.
Messi s performance was strong in
the World Cup Final yesterday and
throughout the World Cup although
it was not enough for them to win
the tournament, he said.
Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in
the World Cup finals hosted in Brazil
"But we also had confidence in
other players as well. We worked very
hard and I am happy with the way
we played. It was wonderful to be at
the final," Salviolo told the Guardian
at IMAX movie theater, One Wood-
brook Place, St James.
Both Argentine and T&T supporters
showed up at the venue with Argen-
tine flags and football shirts to show
support for Argentina.
Salviolo said it is the first time in
almost quarter-century that Argentina
made it this far on football s biggest
"For the first time in 24 years
Argentina got to be at the finals. So
it was a wonderful opportunity. We
got a lot of support from T&T and
we are very happy for it," he said.
He said both teams worked hard
in the finals yesterday and congrat-
As for the future of the game in
Argentina, he remained confident
Argentina would continue to remain
in the elite of world football.
"We have to work again and con-
tinue to work very hard and wait until
2018 for more results," he said.
He also commented on how well
Brazil hosted the tournament as there
were many criticisms before the start
on the ability of Brazil to get stadiums
ready as well as riots and civil unrest
"I commend Brazil on how they
hosted the tournament. It was very
good. Brazil is our brother. We are
working together in all areas of devel-
opment. I must say it was a great
party in Brazil," he said.
When asked if he would contact
the German Ambassador in T&T to
congratulate him, Salviolo laughed
and said as soon as the match ended
he called his colleague to congratulate
"Of course, I phoned him. My col-
league also speaks fluent Spanish. It
was a difficult fight for both teams
but the Germans played well. Let us
now look to 2018 in Russia!"
The World Cup fever that had
gripped T&T for a month was finally
subsiding yesterday after the final
showdown that saw Germany cap-
ture its first World Cup title since
A small number of fans could be
seen wiping their eyes where they
gathered at the Hyundai Fan Lime,
staged outside Trotters, on Maraval
Road, Port-of-Spain, after the gru-
elling encounter, while others were
buzzing in celebration at the success
of their favourite team.
Xavier Ali, 29, of Barataria, sporting
a face painted in German colours, was
one of several hundred supporters
who braved the blistering hot sun to
watch the highly-anticipated fixture,
and was one of only a few dozen sup-
porting the now four-time world
"This was a long time coming. I
never doubted this team, especially
this year. Germany was unlucky at
the last World Cup and Euros. They
deserve it. They (Germany) played
the patient game and while the final
wasn t anything like the Brazil win
and they scored late, they did it and
that s all that matters," said Ali who
said the day was someone reminiscent
of West Germany s World Cup tri-
umph in 1990. Ali said he could not
forget Andreas Brehme s late penalty
which won Germany the World Cup
Meanwhile, Nalini Sankar, who had
her face in her hands from Mario
Gotze s 113rd minute winner to the
final whistle looked as bitterly dis-
appointed as the Argentine players
on the massive screen.
"I have to give it to Germany, but
I m still very upset about it," said
Sankar. "This was supposed to be
Messi s time. He still has a couple
more World Cups in him, so I guess,
if he remains on top of the world, it
would just be a matter of time before
he wins it."
Sankar s friend Candida Mohan
added: "I liked Brazil for the cup, but
since they lost, I went with Argentina.
Messi is my favourite player and Barca
is my favourite club, so I threw my
support behind them, but Germany
really do deserve it."
The venue attracted many more
neutral football fans, who basked in
the occasion to witness the world s
best players. One of them, 23-year-
old Jevon Mitchell, said he was not
in support of any particular team since
Portugal s exit.
"The match was okay. I m happy
for Germany. They are a disciplined
team. They did good to keep Messi
quiet and they also managed to score
against Argentina, which was good
defensively for a few games. I m not
a Germany fan but you can t argue
A German supporter celebrate at All Out Sports Bar, Woodbrook, after the final whistle after Germany
defeated Argentina in the FIFA Football Finals yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
Tears, cheers in T&T after
World Cup showdown
Argentine ambassador commends Messi
An Argentina supporter in a tense mood viewing the World Cup final at
Carnival City, Gulf City, San Fernando yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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