World Cup fever


The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil a few days ago with a colourful and optimistic opening ceremony. Despite apprehension that Brazil was not ready to stage the tournament and that stadiums were not ready, it seemed as though everything was in order. The pitch was beautiful, the crowd was excited and happy, and there was a general atmosphere of appreciation. Rumours of impending disaster follow every World Cup so there is no need to believe the rumour mongers.

The opening match was not as smooth, as Brazil won thanks to some dubious refereeing against a well organised and motivated Croatian squad who played like lions. Both teams are to look out for: Brazil, giants of the game who cannot be written off at home, and Croatia, battling underdogs with a history of causing upsets. Despite the refereeing it was still an engaging game. With all the woes of the world mounting, the World Cup is an elixir of friendship, harmony and mutual appreciation of the ‘Beautiful Game’, a moment for solidarity and shared joy irrespective of divisions. Let us hope this spirit permeates the world even after the Cup is over.