Since France is making a nearly impossible attempt tonight to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil after screwing up almost every match, I was quite surprised 10 minutes ago to hear cheering in the streets, cars honking, crowds shouting. France needs to beat Ukraine by at least 2 points or it is not going to Brazil next year, and since the match only started 30 minutes ago at the Stade de France, I found it quite hard to believe that the score was already 3-0.
So I checked the internet and discovered that against all odds, the Fennecs (Algeria) just beat the Stallions (Burkina Faso), so Algeria is going to the World Cup. Algeria already qualifed in 2010 and its team was a consolation to France -- as it certainly will be again this time -- because 17 of the 23 team members were born in France and are also French citizens.
Just a few streets over in the African part of town, I imagine that there is less joy. Even though the West African countries constantly quarrel with each other, they do get behind any black African team that qualifies. Burkina Faso has never gone to the World Cup, so this will be a huge disappointment.