With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, football fans in Assam are in high spirits. People in colleges and offices have started discussing who will take the cup, who will snatch the golden boot and so on.
We caught up with some football fans to know what they are expecting from this year’s World Cup, their plans to watch the matches revealed the level of excitement in the air.
Adrija Borah, a post graduation student mentioned, ‘Though I don’t follow club leagues, I love to watch FIFA World Cup. I have watched the last season in 2014 and will watch the matches this time too. One advantage this time is the timings of the matches, which are mostly in the evening unlike last time. And it will surely be easier for more people to watch the matches this time.’
Manjoy Saharia from Jorhat Engineering College shares, ‘It’s FIFA World Cup! I have no plans for the next few days. I won’t miss a single match. And obviously, I can’t wait to see the skills of my favourite team Brazil.’
Dedicated fan of the NEUFC from Guwahati, Pratyush Hazarika revealed, ‘I have this gut feeling that Portugal will win the title, they are very confident as they enter the WC as the European champions. One player that we should watch out for is Mohamed Salah. He has got some serious goal-scoring skills.’
The increased popularity of football can be witnessed with the State government’s decision to screen FIFA matches across districts in Assam.
This World Cup may be the last one for some of the greatest players of all time. At the league level, already a couple of retirements were witnessed this year. But people still hope that the World Cup will get things back in line. The big names in the club matches like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah seem to be attracting most of the football fans and will be the key players for their respective sides during the World Cup.
The opening ceremony of the 21st FIFA World Cup will feature will some special guests. Ronaldo former two-time champion and World Cup Golden Boot winner, Robbie Williams, member of the pop group Take That, Aida Garifullina, Russian operatic soprano will brighten up the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the first match, host nation Russia will take on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow from 8:30 pm IST.