FIFA World Cup mania grips fans in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the world, FIFA World Cup fever has gripped fans in Pakistan as they have left no stone unturned to show their love and passion for the game.

Though Pakistan is 164th ranked soccer team, fans here are as enthusiastic as in any other part of the world. Enthusiasts in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad too are much excited about their favourite teams and players and its reflection can be
seen anywhere.

The Embassy of Brazil in collaboration with the Islamabad Marriott Hotel has brought the energy and excitement of the Football World Cup to the Capital. Mega projectors have been set up for the entire duration of the Football World Cup at the Nadia Coffee Shop and a dedicated Sports Lounge, where all the matches will be shown LIVE, bringing the energy of Brazil’s football courts to sports enthusiasts in Islamabad.

Although the matches are scheduled to take place late night according to Pakistan standard time, but thousands of youth in the twin cities will be glued to their TV screens to watch the

“Although Pakistan team is not in the World Cup. But we love football and have picked our own teams to cheer during the event. Most of us have chosen Brazil, defending champion Spain, Germany and Argentina,” Shafqat, a youngster said at Rawalpindi’s Commercial Market.

“World Cup is the biggest sporting spectacle in the world. We have made elaborate arrangements to watch this mega event,” Akhtar, a football lover at Aabpara Islamabad said.

He said and his friends had planned to watch the matches together. “We had watched all the matches of last FIFA World Cup together and are doing the same this time too,” he added.

Salman, a friend of Akhtar was of the view that the joy to watch matches along with friends and cousins on a TV screen is indescribable.

Meanwhile, President Pakistan Football Federation Faisal Saleh Hayat in a statement said that the Football World Cup was by far the biggest sporting spectacle in the world. He said
Brazil hosting the World Cup was “poetic justice because Brazil was synonymous with football.”

“Some Pakistanis will watch the matches in Brazil on the limited quota of tickets provided by FIFA to non-qualifying member countries. But I am sure millions in Pakistan will watch
the 32-nation event on their TV screens,” he added.

Source: APP