An insane belief in the Socceroos
THERE were two schools of thought among the fanatics of how the Socceroos would do against Brazil after their miracle comeback against Japan.
The insane view ? usually exhibited after a few steins of German fineness ? was that Brazil were nothing to worry about, who the hell was Ronaldinho? and 3-0 in our favour was possible; in fact, more than likely.
The sane view, generally held by the people with the insane view but with fewer beers under their belts, was that a draw would be a mammoth result and even losing 1-0 wouldn't be too bad.
What was hard to stomach was what we got.
A 2-0 defeat was definitely not a just result and the acrimony was dripping off the tongues of Aussie supporters as we left the stadium.
The sick feeling wasn't that our boys played poorly. On the contrary, we were amazed and proud at how well they played and how they took it to the current world champions.
What we couldn't take was the refereeing and the dodgy tactics of time wasting and diving (well, they appeared dodgy to us at the stadium without the benefit of clear replays or commentary) from the Brazilians.
Allianz Stadium in Munich, where the game was held, must be one of the grandest stadiums in the world.
There wasn't a bad seat in the house for the sold-out crowd of 66,000 and the roars, cheering and singing from the crowd were trapped by the large roof which covers most of the crowd.
It was a different feeling from the game against Japan among the fanatics.
In K-Town, as Kaiserslautern affectionately became known, we just hoped the boys proved they deserved to be here.
Against Brazil, we expected a result and the atmosphere throughout the crowd reflected that.
Whereas against Japan the numbers of fans was close to even, the Brazilians vastly outnumbered the Aussies.
The Brazilians were much more vocal than their Japanese counterparts, which meant the singing barely stopped.
It was evident from the Socceroos' reaction after the match that they appreciated the vocal support, and we were more than happy to give it, even if it meant not being able to speak after the match.
Brazil arguably was the better side, but we believed we deserved at least a point out of the game.
But thanks to a scoreless draw between Japan and Croatia, our destiny still is in our hands and a draw would see us through to the round of 16.
We still believe.