Football is an honest game. It is true to life. It is a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.
– Joe Namath
I am a football noob who is trying to fit into conversations at social gatherings. Honestly speaking, I do not know the difference between soccer and football. I cannot connect to the entire Messi vs. Ronaldo debate. Ronaldo is better than Messi or Messi is better than Ronaldo was always the first comment to any post (literally any post) on Facebook. I would often get terrified by the heated and intense arguments over the comments section. The only time I ever garnered interest for FIFA was when Shakira sang Waka Waka in 2010.
My interest in football kicked in ( pun intended) when India won the Intercontinental cup ( hypocritical of me, I know.) Sunil Chhetri is the fifth footballer that I know of after David Beckham, Messi, Rooney and Ronaldo ( arranged in no particular order, please do not attack me).
World Cup 2018 is hosted by Russia. There are 32 teams taking part in this football tournament. Germany is the defending champion after their win against Argentina back in 2014. Other teams and their fans hope to dethrone Germany. Fifa 2018 is surely going to be a nail-biting experience for its fans all over the world.
India is undoubtedly hooked to the football fever. Khamba (alias for Gursimran Khamba) is the founder of the Indian comedy sketch group, All India Bakchod (AIB) and a proud pet owner of Peachpreet Khamba. Peachpreet Khamba is his pet dog who predicts the winner of every FIFA match. East India Comedy, another Indian comedy sketch group in collaboration with Budweiser kickstarted a series titled, The Offside Buds. It offers a post-match analysis in a humorous manner for all the football geeks.
The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino once released a statement in 2017 saying that India is now ready for bigger events. He has also called India a ‘passionate giant’ of football and is optimistic about the growth of football in upcoming years. India has reportedly issued a formal bid to host the 2019 U-19 world cup. The Fifa world cup craze gave a kick to television sales in India. ” Tata Group’s chain Croma has witnessed a growth of almost 30% average monthly sales since the advent of the FIFA season.” Panasonic India is planning to increase its marketing expenditure by 5 percent during the world cup and has witnessed a 50 percent surge in sales. According to economic times, there has been a spike in the number of flight tickets being booked to Russia by 50 percent.
On the 19th of June, Nathania John K created history by being the first ever ball carrier at the World Cup. India has never had an official representation in the World Cup until this watershed moment. The 10-year-old boy from Andhra Pradesh expressed his joy by saying the following, “I am so excited, you cannot measure it even. It is like I am still dreaming. In Russia, I want to live every moment. During the match, I just don’t want to enjoy but analyze how they play.”The captain of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri has reportedly performed trials for the same the past month. Quoting Sunil Chhetri, “I am overwhelmed to see the kind of talent these little kids have. They are not only just passionate about the game but are also well-versed in its nuances.”
Football fanatics in India can follow their sport religiously by subscribing to Sony Liv Premium by paying a fee of Rs.99 per month. The individual can watch the sport for free by using Jio TV and Airtel TV. What are you waiting for?
Waka Waka- Its time for India:)
Fifa 2018 is surely a worldwide celebration of sport. It unites people from an array of cultural backgrounds and is an expression of patriotism and passion. Below are few facts about Fifa 2018 that should hopefully instil enough excitement for you to follow the celebration of sport, called Fifa.
- The mascot of Fifa 2018 is a wolf named Zabivaka. The mascot was selected through online voting.
- A video assistant referee ( VAR ) has been introduced for the first time in the history of world cup.
- The official food sponsor for Fifa 2018 is McDonald’s.
- About half the world’s population( 3.2 billion) were seductively glued to their television screens in 2014 during the 2014 World Cup season.
- It is believed that India stepped out from the 1950 world cup as the team was not permitted to play the game barefoot!
- In 1996, the world cup trophy was stolen for about a week prior to the commencement of the tournament.
- Hyundai created and launched an advertisement surrounding the possible connection and observation between the country that wins the world cup and its birth rate post 9 months the tournament. It is apparently observed that the winning nation experiences a baby boom.