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World Fever – FIFA

FIFA World Cup 2010

FIFA World Cup 2010

It is indeed the 8th wonder of the world, that an entire nation can be gripped by a fever so severe and so furious – that the people afflicted with it become totally oblivious to the existence of routine, mundane things, and even ignores all those things that they once loved with all their hearts. FIFA World Cup 2010 is the name of the fever – and its intensity is such that anyone and everyone, with access to a TV or even a mobile phone or newspaper, are glued on to it. Chain mails, all instructing wives and girlfriends to put up with brutish, selfish behaviour of their partners over the TV for a month are being circulated, employees in offices sneakily use their proxy server to access the internet and check the score – and text the results to their bosses. Teenage kids have postponed all their games and other activities. A privileged few, have taken a month off, and have actually flown down to South Africa to witness the great event live.

FIFA – stands for Federation for International Football Association was formed on 21st May, 1904 in the romantic city of Paris, when it had become evident that an international body was necessary to oversee the sport that was taking over the world. The founding members were Belgium, France, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Soon, all other nations joined the bandwagon, and now, FIFA is one of the world’s largest known associations with 208 member countries. FIFA has survived through 2 world wars, when the confidence on its continued existence seemed most shaky. FIFA works on Swiss laws and its headquarters are at Zurich.

The most unique aspect of FIFA is that unlike other tournaments, the players here represent a particular country, rather than a league. It gives a chance to amateurs to showcase their talent and establish themselves. FIFA is also extremely well known for its upsets – the most famous being France losing to Italy in the last FIFA cup, when a key French player lost his temper and head-butted an opponent on International Camera. FIFA 2010 is already playing up to this tune – Spain lost miserably to Switzerland a few days ago, much to the disappointment and shock of the viewers.

The key element here is that FIFA is one of the most celebrated sporting events in India – even when India’s own team stopped being qualified long ago. No one even seems to remember now, that an International cricket tournament by the name Asia Cup is being held, and nobody seems to care either. Is it because cricket in India has been so over marketed, that viewers are gladly jumping at any change that comes by? Or is it because unacknowledged by the Indian government and businessmen in the field of sports, there is a market for football in India too? Perhaps it’s time that they start taking football seriously, instead of pretending that no sport other than cricket exists.

About Anindita Chatterjee

Career and Education: I am currently PGDM 2nd year student (operations) from K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and research, Mumbai. I had a prior work experience of almost 2 years at Verizon Data Services India, Hyderabad, where I served as a server administrator. My work involved troubleshooting all kinds of OS and Hardware problems with Windows 2003 servers. My graduation consists of BE in IT from CBIT, Hyderabad. Social: Born in Mumbai to Bengali parents, raised in Hyderabad, studying now in Mumbai, I am pretty much the PAN Indian. I love making friends and meeting new people, although I wouldn’t really call myself a social butterfly. I love writing, and am a voracious reader – be it fiction or non-fiction. I think that one of the biggest comforts in life is being able to curl up on the couch with a great, exciting new book after a day’s work. I also enjoy all kinds of music, and I am a complete movie buff. I realise that there are grey areas in most issues, but I do call a spade a spade, when it’s glaringly obvious. I believe in God, but I’m not religious. I feel that it’s important to focus on the purpose rather than the medium used to achieve the purpose.

2 comments

  1. nice read..but im disappointed by de low excitment amongst Indians..can harldy see any fever here.. 🙁
    btw how is Italy beating France an upset.. Italy is not a minnowww.. 🙂

  2. Anindita Chatterjee

    Thank you for yor feedback 🙂 It is good to see Italy did have a few expectants during the last FIFA world Cup.

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