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City fears football withdrawal

The end of football season is tough for die-hard fans, but after a respectable mourning period, fanatics say they will find new ways to combat the 'post-football depression'.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2010 01:56 IST
Radhika Raj

The end of football season is tough for die-hard fans, but after a respectable mourning period, fanatics say they will find new ways to combat the 'post-football depression'.

Advertising trainee Raoul Behl (20), for the past month, has been meticulously plotting the progress of the World Cup on a wall chart in his room. Every night friends would get together for a match and stay up till morning discussing the perfect shots. "I have lived football. What will I do once it comes to an end?" he said.

Behl is one amongst 800 million ardent fans who followed every match, goal to goal. Unfortunately, as the World Cup comes to an end today, they are dreading that they might suffer from the Football Fever's sister condition

—the Football Withdrawal Syndrome, an agonising mental process of accepting that football season is finally over.

Behl has found an antidote to the gloom and will plunge into a similar frenzy — the English Premier League.

Freelance photographer, Parth Vardhan (26), "suffered" during the last World Cup in 2006. "Lethargy sets in, you find yourself constantly logging in to YouTube to relive the best goals, and what's worse is that the city hotspots refuse to serve beer at a 'football discount'." Vardhan has already signed up with a local football club for sessions over the weekend.Zahir Mirza (44), head of advertising agency Doosra, has a different problem on hand. If people walked in at 11am instead of 9.30am last month, he "understood".

At seven in the evening he would accompany his staff to a nearby café for the match, post which everybody would return to work till late. While companies spend thousands on artificially created team bonding sessions, Mirza has had it easy over the past one month. "Now we'll have to look for other ways to get together."

Clinical psychologist, Anuradha Sovani, says an absolute fan devotes so much of his time to the game during the season that he finds hard to get back to the humdrum life. "Fans get consumed by the sport, they must find ways to keep themselves entertained once it's over."

But Behl said that they would miss more than just the games. "Striking up a conversation with a girl has never been this easy. Throw in a few football players' names and they are impressed. Now, we will just have to try the old, boring, unsuccessful tactics."