South America is known for its craziness for football. Every nook and corner of South America breaths football and one can see that in the quality of players that emerge out of the continent and rule the European leagues.
From Juan Roman Riquelme, Maradona, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho years ago to Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar today, South American footballers are always in demand.
Four years ago when Brazil hosted the World Cup, one could see the passion for its football in each person that made it to the stadium. One can never forget the image of that old Brazilian man holding on to a replica of the World Cup trophy with tears trickling down his eyes after Brazil’s infamous 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final, tragic but full of passion.
This year too, as the Brazilian training ground opened for fans for a single day to watch their stars practice ahead of their departure for warm-ups and Russia, thousands flocked to the stadium, even breaking past security just to get a glimpse of their players.
Like Pele said years ago — the power of the beautiful game!
As the 2018 FIFA World Cup edges closer and Brazil and Argentina go in as genuine favourites in the tournament, South America in absolutely buzzing.
People are excited, planning their schedules and making their plans to see their teams play. The time difference between Russia and the South American countries is around six hours and so the matches for them will either be early morning or afternoon.
For the love of football, the Brazilian government has relaxed work timings around Brazil matchdays so that they can watch their national team play.
People are allowed to report to work by 2pm on the days when Brazil play in the morning while on afternoon matchdays, people can pack up and leave from work by 1pm.
Brazil’s opener against Switzerland on June 17 will take place at 3pm Rio time but that is a Sunday so it is not going to mean much for most people. However, on June 22 when Brazil face Costa Rica 9am local time, it will mean late working day and an early pack up on June 27 when Brazil will play their final group match against Serbia at 3pm in South America.
While Brazil are celebrating the World Cup carnival by relaxing the work timings for people, a Uruguayan university has decided to cancel classes on Uruguay matchdays.
As per Mexican website Sopitas, the Catholic University of Uruguay will not hold classes on days when Uruguay takes the pitch in Russia.
Uruguay, who are placed in Group A, will begin their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Egypt. They will take on Saudi Arabia on June 20 and will play hosts Russia on June 25.
As the World Cup fever grips the world, South American countries are once again setting examples through their devotion for the beautiful game. Despite a host of troubles, their passion for football sees no end. Perhaps this is why they are famous for their attractive football and the competitive nature of their group in World Cup qualifiers sees no match.