A couple of days ago La Prensa Grafica noted that very possibly there could be four South American teams in the World Cup Semifinals (we're talking about futbol, aka soccer): Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay all made it into the quarterfinals, and it seemed like a dazzling prospect.
Alas, no. Argentina and Brazil, heavy favorites here, lost - Argentina in an astonishing 0 - 4 loss to Germany. Paraguay played well against Spain, but also lost. Only Uruguay - who barely won in overtime in an astonishing game with Ghana - will uphold the honor of Latin America in the next round.
Maybe it's because of this, or maybe it's in spite of this, but the hopeful futbol players of my neighborhood are out in force tonight, kicking the ball up and down the street, shouting "Goooooooooooooooooooool" from time to time with great fervor. And when it comes to registering a goal, the Latino announcers would clearly be first in line for a World Cup. I imagine them spending months doing deep breathing exercises to prepare for the glorious moment when they can draw that "Gooooooooooooooooool" out for moment upon moment upon moment.