This Sunday has been a treat for sports lovers. There were so many matches and so many beautiful ones at that, that supporters just had to push a button on the remote to cheer (rugby) team after (football) team after (handball) team.
One of the teams that elicited a lot of (playful, happy) noise was France’s Men handball team. The Invincible, Experts, Unbeatable, Magnificent Bleus defeated Norway yesterday evening and won their sixth World Championship running. To cheer on them, French supported mixed the traditional royal blue with Viking-inspired headwear.
Oh the other side of the world —well, not exactly the other side, but definitely kilometers away from France—, in Africa, supporters attended the Democratic Republic of Congo vs Ghana football match, as part of the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. A distraction from the tensions that have been tormenting the DRC for quite some time now.
One of those supporters we have chosen to be our cover man. His dress is so wonderful —those oversize glasses! that flag holding the two parts of the glasses together! that headband! the tiny bantou knots! the heart stickers! those red and yellow dots on his face! that smile!— that we couldn’t resist sharing it with you, readers.
Unfortunately, DRC lost the match to Ghana.
In Australia, the Swiss used their flag in a more traditional way to celebrate their fellowman Roger Federer‘s win over Rafael Nadal. The Swiss legend won the Australian Open on Sunday to the delight of his fans worldwide and all the lovers of beautiful tennis.
Roger Federer, who’s seldom reached the final four these past few years. His impressive comeback was a sight to behold and a welcome change from the traditional Djokovic/Murray finals we’ve grown accustomed to.
Cover photo: AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO via Zimbio