algerie vs. egypte of course! allez les verts!! ;-)
l'ambiance here in algiers is already electric.. huge monetary incentives pushing the team forward, folks driving corteges out to the airport to fly out to cairo, big discounts on flights and hotels to encourage fans to get there..
i watched an interview last night on local tv live from the airport where a woman from a small town in the east describes how her husband told her, let's leave the kids with grandma and go to cairo for the game! and off they go.
folks are dropping everything until after the match.. construction work and other projects are getting temporarily stalled, and the usual reply now is not "we've run out of cement and materials" or "the workers didn't show up today" no, the answer is "wait til the 14th brother, i can't do anything until after the 14th!!"
flags are flying, local dj's are playing for free in public spaces and street squares, boys and girls of all ages dance on the sidewalks after school covered in flags, face paint, tall red-white-and-green hats, and algerie sports gear. posters depicting the national team's players dressed as Rambo or Braveheart decorate the street poles, youtube is flooded with musical clips urging the team forward..
if the greens don't beat the pharaohs this weekend, we will hear dramatic tales in the news of an unprecedented case of national cardiac arrest, wherein a population of 35 million will suddenly just quit breathing, their hearts quit beating, and a deep depression lasting years to come will grip the nation...
reporting live from algiers, we leave you all with prayers for a good FAIR match (O god put some decent referees on that field... ;) and the most important thing is, just no massacres after the match no matter what the results please... ;o))