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Life un-soccered

As the World Cup has come to an end, there is a sudden lull in the lives of football fans, writes Sonal Srivastava.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 14:49 IST

So, what do we do now? The month-long 2006 World Cup Soccer is history, and all soccer lovers are wondering how to fill the late-night vacuum.

Life, it seems, will now be shorn of all excitement on the sports field and everything else will be as boring as an Australia versus Bangladesh cricket match. No longer will there be heated debates over Beck’s injuries or Ronaldo’s ever expanding waist line or Zidane’s red card.

Getting social

Now that late night TV matches are gone, it’s time to catch up on some sleep and get social again. Says Ruchika Mehta (25), “Now, I will catch up on sleep which I had missed in the past few days though I’ll miss teasing my friends on the teams and players they supported.”

Nina Ghosh, an investment banker and a soccer fan, says, “I will start socialising again and catch up with some reading. I will have to start watching late night movies as I will struggle to sleep for some time.”

Even for the Capital’s watering holes, life may not be the same again until the next big sporting events — the cricket World Cup or the Champions Trophy, hit the screen. Says Akhil Mathur of Le Meridien, “We are hoping that the Champions Trophy will regenerate excitement later in the year.”

Women on the ball

The most interesting aspect of this month-long bonanza was that the game got new converts in the form of the fairer sex.

Says Mathur, “Out of 500 people who watched the final at Eau (the nightclub at Le Meridien), 200 were women.” Whether this excitement was for the game or for the dudes, is debatable.

Feels Ghosh, “People had a good time at the watering holes watching matches but were a nuisance for the serious soccer fans who thought it would have been better to watch the match at home.” All said and done, the next World Cup would be worth the wait.