There is nothing more exciting than attending the Fifa world cup match and watching your favorite players in action. My first experience of attending the Fifa world cup match was in the city of Kaiserslautern, when I visited the Fritz Walter Stadion to witness a clash between Italy and Australia on 26th June, 2006.
The process of purchasing the tickets was a hectic experience and I went to purchase tickets two weeks before the tournament kicked off. Kaiserslautern is not a congested city but the soccer fans came from all parts of the world and special arrangements were made to sell the tickets. I went to buy the tickets at 10 a.m. in the morning but was shocked to see the long queue of people waiting to get their tickets. It took almost two hours and finally I went forward and purchased the tickets. The craze of the soccer world cup spread through the whole country and Kaiserslautern had the fans dancing on the streets after each game.
The game between Australia and Italy was about to begin at 5 p.m. but the stadium was packed to capacity in the afternoon. I reached the stadium two hours before the start of the match and the people were still in a queue to get inside the stadium. There were two large gates for entering in the stadium but we made our way into the stadium from the small gate on the back side. It was an amazing experience to see my favorite football legends including Luca Toni, Fabio Cannavaro, Gigi Buffon, and Andrea Pirlo. The Australian team was playing so well and defeated some good teams in the preliminary round.
The match began and contrary to what people expected Australia started really well and made an attack in the sixteenth minute but Gigi Buffon made a good save. The crowd went roaring, they cheered every moment of the game. Australia had less support but their supporters cheered for them with enthusiasm. The second half of the game was more exciting than the initial half and Italy made two consecutive attacks to score but could not score due to some excellent defending from the Australian defense line. I was supporting Italy with a few other Italian fans and cheer leaders.
There were some really tense moments in the dying minutes of the game as both the teams tried hard to score a goal. Australia got the corner in the 92nd minute but a header from an attacker. The Australian supporters started crying and many started leaving the stadium. The Italian supporters started biting their nails in the last few minute of the game. We were all sweating and were praying for a miracle to happen. The greatest moment for the Italian supports came in the last minute of the game when Fabio Grosso made a counter attack but was obstructed by an Australian defender. The referee awarded a penalty kick to Italy and this caused a great controversy. The Australian players gathered around and had argument with the referee. The Australian supporters went down on their knees, and the players were hopeless. Francesco Totti converted the penalty into a goal and Italy won 1-0. Almost everyone including the Italian supporters felt the penalty was incorrect but in the end we were really happy.
The Italian supporters celebrated the victory in a grand way pouring champagne on each other and the enthusiasm shown by the fans inside the stadium was amazing. Australia players were down on the ground for a few minutes and their supporters went home agonizingly. It was one of the greatest scenes I ever witnessed.