Here at Bubble we all enjoy keeping up with the latest sporting events and with a workspace filled with so many avid football fans we couldn’t resist the opportunity to celebrate the World Cup.
Our World Cup celebrations started with an office sweepstake where we all pulled a couple of teams out of the hat at the cost of £2 per team, and whoever picked the winning team took all the money. When choosing the teams you could hear the sighs of relief when someone found out they had one of the favourites. With Germany, Belgium, Brazil and France being amongst them. The disappointment was also very clear when people realised they had some of the non-favourites such as England, Croatia and Sweden.
Despite our expectations, the roles of favourites and non-favourites seemed to be reversed when Germany first went out knocking a confident Chris T out of the sweepstake all together, despite his initial smugness after pulling Germany out of the hat. The unexpected success of teams such as Sweden and Croatia helped encourage a bit of competitiveness and friendly rivalry in the office.
As time passed and England got closer and closer to bringing football home, we decided to celebrate with a World Cup party in the hope that it would help them to bring it home, in fact we were almost expecting them to make it to the final and MD Chris was adamant that football was coming home – good job he’s in the design and marketing business rather than football! Our World Cup party consisted of bringing in cakes and wearing white and red to show our patriotism, our very own Toni kindly brought us all personalised England shirts. Despite the English theme, Jess who had France in the sweepstake decided to dress in a beret and breton top to celebrate their success and secure place in the final – which of course went down like a lead balloon with all the hardcore England fans in the office.
Our office optimism for the football really coming home was somewhat naive when you look at the statistics in the championship with England not really winning many of their games in comparison to the two main statistical favourites Belgium and France, who had to go head-to-head to make the final.
At the end of the day the best team won, France played fantastically and were strong throughout the whole tournament, but to be fair to ourselves we also played fabulously and we never said it was coming home this year did we?