France: Calm before the storm on King St.
An hour before kick-off, I sit at the corner of King and John watching the world go by. Cars pass with window flags of the nations involved in the World Cup, showing the diversity of the fans within the city.
Slowly but surely, I see France supporters walking towards bars and restaurants that are showing the France vs Mexico match on their television screens. In ones and twos and even threes, France supporters trickle into Le Saint Tropez, Marcel's Bistro and Zazou Lounge.
Supporters sound excited as many are debating tactics for the match and the results of other games. I hear a pair speaking about Uruguay and how they dominated the South African team the day before. They believe that France can sit beside them at the top of Group A in a few hours. Everyone seems to know that this is a crucial match in the group stage.
France paraphernalia is being sold on the street and supporters grab mini-flags, wristbands, stickers and key-chain whistles with the le nouveau logo of the French Football Federation prominently displayed. Some supporters are eager to buy the bleu, blanc et rouge merchandise while others politely decline.
It is almost time for kick-off and France supporters are still making their way to watch the match as they walk with a look of determination on their faces to get to a television before the game begins. I am sure that most are missing work to watch and are intent on seeing it from start to finish. I hear a wave of excitement from inside Marcel's. The game has begun.