Fans brave storm and tempest
The weather gods smiled on the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005, bathing all five stadiums in glorious sunshine throughout the tournament until it came to the final, that is. The heavens opened above the showpiece event, as a mighty summer storm broke right over the Frankfurt Waldstadion.
Driving rain, gale-force gusts, growls of thunder and forked lightning provided an utterly inappropriate Wagnerian setting for Brazil and Argentina from sun-kissed South America. However, the atrocious weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of fans and players alike.
The crowd passionately urged the teams on, celebrating the occasion with one Mexican wave after another, while Ronaldinho and co made light of the sodden turf, providing a metaphorical ray of sunshine with a display of sparkling football.
The fans stayed behind long after the final whistle to thank both sides and applaud winners Brazil as they set off on a lap of honour with the trophy, accompanied by a cacophony of impromptu samba rhythms. Even the wet and wild weather on the last day could not prevent a fabulous conclusion to a scintillating FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005.