BEIRUT: Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory concluded the football frenzy Sunday as Twitter users volleyed #LebaneseAftertheWorldCup into the social network’s trending lists, with some light-hearted and some not-so musings on the fate of the country now that the games are over.
“They will yell, shoot and light fireworks as though the World Cup trophy is going to go in to their living rooms,” one user tweeted, referring to a Lebanese tendency toward using fireworks and guns to celebrate.
Another user, referring to the abundance of German and Brazilian flags still cascading over most buildings in the country, joked that their supporters would expect to “receive German and Brazilian nationalities for their loyalty throughout the games.”
Another took a swipe at how consumed the country has been with the games, saying that with football fans no longer glued to the screen, “their WhatsApp status will go back to ‘Available,’” and “they will start talking to their parents again.”
The tweets also took on a more somber tone, acknowledging situations that were perhaps overshadowed by the distraction of the World Cup, with one user tweeting that with the World Cup was over, maybe “the Lebanese will realize the attack on Gaza.”
Others took a swipe closer to home, with tweets like “they will start the World Cup of sectarianism,” and “they will go back to disagreeing over politics,” a grim reminder of the current political stalemate in the country.