Not that cricket-crazy India is considered a multi-sport nation, but every four years when one witnesses the biggest sporting tourney in the world — the FIFA World Cup — most things take a backseat for sport enthusiasts across the country. Drenched in football fever, some youngsters would go lengths to keep themselves updated with footy scoreline — from made up sick leaves to ditching their dates, they would not want to entertain any distractions, come kick-off time of the matches of their favourite team. So what if Team India is not in action, Brazil, Argentina, England and Spain have taken the mantle of being the revered teams for most Indians. We all at some point have either heard or read about the furore that football-crazy West Bengal and Goa are normally gripped in, but what about our very own Delhi? Here’s what Delhiites say about the ongoing World Cup.
Varun Luthra, 17, Student
I don’t think people in Delhi love their football as much as they do in Bengal or Goa. In our city, only cricket rules, and football has little space, even if it is the World Cup.
Harsha Malik, 18, Student
Delhi’s love for football is rising, but in comparison to Bengal or Goa, it is still low. But people in the Capital are watching late night matches of the World Cup, and that is a big positive point. Football is a sport that the whole world plays, and it is amazing.
Bhavna Naram, 17, Student
My friends and I make it a point to watch all the matches, and we also go to sports bars on weekends. According to me, Delhi’s love for the beautiful game is second to none.
Priya Puri, 19, Student
Delhi’s love for football is not as big as Bengal or Goa. Being a part of a very busy city, people in the Capital don’t have much time to entertain sports other than cricket.
Nazuk Kalra, 24, HR professional
Whether it is football or cricket, we Delhiites are always eager to watch any sport. This time, with the World Cup, it is no different.