The passion and the joy on display across the Americas - in Panama, in Peru, in Honduras, from the Argentina team in Ecuador, in Costa Rica the other night when they qualified, was just beautiful.
And in Cardiff last night.
And the devastation of the vanquished was total.
No sanitisation or corporate bullshit.
What happened in the last few nights, and particularly tonight, was old school.
The World Cup will always mean more than anything else, even if FIFA want to ruin it.