In 76 hours the World Cup will get under way with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with one of the 32 national teams competing, destined for World Cup glory.
World Cup Fever is everywhere – on TV, the radio, the internet, in the papers, the shops, the workplace; it might seem like overkill to some, but it’s one of those events that brings people together and gets the world talking. I can feel the anticipation, the silent hopes, the excitement, the trepidation hanging in the air!
I’ve grown up watching the World Cup and have seen some of the best teams lift the golden trophy, twice – Italy, Germany, Brazil! It seems that these three teams, know a thing or two when it comes to the biggest football event in history; Brazil has claimed the title five teams, with Italy and Germany close on their heels with four apiece. I would love to see a major upset in the World Cup this time round, rather than another one of the usual suspects lifting the trophy; I don’t think I’m the only one.
Will you be following your national team with pride, or backing a wild card to make footballing history? Or will you just be watching as a neutral, able to fully enjoy the tournament, without the emotional roller-coaster ride, that most dedicated fans will experience for the next five weeks?
Whatever your reasons, the 2018 World Cup, is sure to be a mix of magic, heartbreak, tears of joy, red cards, yellow cards, spectacular goals, disallowed goals, the goal that wins the game, and of course, plenty of tears of disappointment.
Are you ready?