The U.S. Consulate General joined the German Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro to host a viewing party for the USA-Germany World Cup game at the German Consul General’s residence in Santa Teresa. The two Consuls General gave welcome remarks to the more than 200 German, American, and Brazilian guests present. Among the guests of the U.S. Consulate were American Fulbright Scholars and English Teaching Assistants and Brazilian alumni from youth programs such as Youth Ambassadors and Student Leaders. Reporters from AP, Bloomberg, Reuters, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and correspondents from German outlets were also invited to the viewing party, which received wide coverage in the media, including live shots pre- and post-game and during halftime of the guests and live interviews with Consul General John Creamer and his German counterpart, Harald Klein.
The event celebrated the friendship between people of Brazil, the U.S. and Germany, and the atmosphere of fraternity was clear from the beginning. American and German tourists came to Brazil for the first World Cup in South America in 36 years, and they’ve been rewarded with one of the most prolific tournaments ever in terms of goals scored.
The World Cup, one of the largest sporting events in the world, celebrates 32 countries competing against each other on the field. Off the field, citizens of these 32 competing nations and soccer fans from all over the world come together not just to support their favorite teams but also to share their experiences, their stories, and their culture. “What we see during the Cup is that sporting events have a unique ability to unite people from around the globe, and to broaden mutual understanding and respect between nations,” Consul General John Creamer said.
Before the match the CGs exchanged their national team’s jerseys, but once the game began it was a fierce competition to determine the winner of Group G. The first half was very competitive and both teams had good opportunities to score, but in the beginning of the second half Thomas Müller scored for the Germans. The game finished at 1 x 0, but the United States still qualified for the round of sixteen. The U.S. Men’s National Team will now face Belgium in Salvador, Bahia on July 1t at 5:00p.m.