Charged with covering Australia's World Cup odyssey, ESPN FC's Steph Brantz reflects on what has been a whirlwind six months for the Socceroos under Bert van Marwijk.
Holding my passport open to the page bearing a single-entry Russian business visa, the customs official at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport looked confused.
"You cannot leave!" she said, unable to comprehend why someone working in the football media would be departing with the World Cup only half over.
I know exactly what she meant: This...