Hamburg: Ecuador v. Costa Rica

leaving the apartment
We leave the apartment for the game.
Jon and Greg in front of car
Lots of German flags are in evidence.
billboard at sbahn
A billboard promoting Ecuador at the sbahn station on the way to the game.
stadium map
A map of the stadium complex. The Hamburg stadium is in a strangely wooded area of the city.
walk to the stadium
The walk to the stadium.
Some Costa Ricans were giving away bananas. So there were big piles of banana peels all over the place.
stadium exterior
Approaching the stadium!
flag ceremony
The pregame was quite elaborate.

You can get a good feel for the crowd in this video of the Ecuadoreans taking the field.

There was a wide array of insane hats among the Ecuador fans.
si se puede hat
Si se peude! This one was more common, and less insane, but still pretty weird.
free kick
Ecuador takes a free kick (see the ball?).

I caught the final goal of the game on video!

What else is there to do after your team scores a goal?
After the game, we went downtown and had some herring sandwiches.
Then we went to the fanfest, and watched England play Trinidad and Tobago on the big screen. After which, we ate some Trinidadian food...
But that wasn't enough for Jon and Annette, who topped it off with garlic pickles.
We relaxed for a while on a little boat cruise around the Hamburg harbor.
currywurst 1 currywurst 2
A snack of currywurst around midnight really hit the spot.


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