After a month, the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament is leaving our country. It was a success, which is pretty good considering nobody else wanted to host the tournament.
The home side reached the quarter-finals and the country with the easiest access to Canada won the title in convincing fashion.
Going by the television numbers, at least in the States and here, a record number of eyes witnessed the event.
The best match of the last month was the semi-final featuring the number two-seeded Americans and number one Germany. It was a 2-0 triumph for the USA in Montreal.
It’s too bad the tournament could not bring in real grass. FIFA did it at USA /1994 for the men’s tournament but not in 2015. We did not hear much about the controversy, because the players were hushed.
The FIFA corruption scandal which broke right before the tournament hung over the event (Insert your own hazy lower Mainland metaphor here.) We knew President Sepp Blatter was not going to show up for the Final yesterday. His lawyer said it was for personal reasons late last week, but we all knew it was fear of extradition to the United States.
Had FIFA announced right before the tournament that Seppy Blatts was not gracing us with his presence; the distraction could have been left on the sideline weeks ago.
It’s too bad Blatter and General Secretary Jerome Valcke’s mini-bar at the Bayshore stayed locked. Who are we kidding, that bar would have been maxed out. I’d love to have seen what is required on Blatter’s rider request.
I’m no media consultant; it might have been nice for the FIFA President to have a statement ready for the end of the final match yesterday, or even today.
We’ll have to wait with bated breath for Sepp’s weekly President’s column on Friday in The FIFA Weekly at FIFA.com.