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My Experiences – FIFA World Cup 2018

By Vivaan Kartik, age 9, Switzerland


Football to me was just another sport. I didn’t have anything to do with it, but my eagerness was ignited when I was exposed to the Panini, a world wide famous information book in which you could collect stickers of footballer and their names. The book told you dates of matches, names of stadiums, what stadium a match was to be played in, history of who won before, teams and how they qualified. I soon became glued to that book and showed it to my friends and even traded stickers if we had repeats. By the time the World Cup started I had developed a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge about it.

My journey through the 30 day extravaganza  which costed 14 billion dollars has been a lovely experience. There were feverish discussions with my friends and neighbours all the time, it was almost the only thing we talked about. We  also played various games based on it. My favourite team was Brazil but as the matches went on I began to support England. In fact I was so passionate about England that I even got a national t-shirt! I also started going to the public viewing arena in my neighbourhood which had an enormous screen. Though the arena was a atom of a fraction of how electrifying a stadium atmosphere would  be, it was still great to go to the lively and boisterous arena. Over there fans were singing, shouting and even taking there tops off and beating their chests! I was quite amused to watch these antics because you usually don’t witness that in other sports like tennis or Olympics. It was quite thrilling going there, roaring with happiness and screaming hoarse while supporting your team. I was quite depressed when England lost to Croatia in the Semis and then to Belgium in the 3rd play off. But altogether I had an amazing time and am happy that I enjoyed following my first World Cup. After the Cup it felt as if there was a void in my life, which I filled up by writing this article!

Every football team yearns the trophy to get laurels back home. They need lots of hard work to achieve it and since only one country can win it, it becomes a desperate fight among 32 teams which culminates into a grand finale. But apart from following the sport there are a lot of other learnings which this event teaches.

Everybody should always be ready to help the community. Mbappe, a 19 year old French footballer who won the Best Young Player award in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, donated his football winnings to a children’s charity in Paris. He was already a hero and when he did this he rose to the level of a superhero in  the eyes of people. Help need not always be financial, it can also be voluntary work for the community in many different ways.

In the 90 minutes of a football match, a myriad of emotions are triggered – like disconsolation, anger, stress, anxiety, jubilation etc., A fan learns to deal with these in a short span of time. Its also important to control feelings of victory. English fans- in happiness – climbed a lamp post, smashed a car and even an ambulance and stormed a store and jumped on their furniture.

We have always heard that you should not be a sore loser. When Japan lost to Begium 3-2 and their ambitions of getting into the quarter finals were smashed, the Japanese exemplified this  as  the fans cleaned up the stadium while the players cleaned up the changing rooms with a thank you note and leaving it immaculate though they were in agony. This speaks very highly of their national character.

During this fantastic tournament a country unites to support its team and under any circumstances they will stay adhered to each other and share a very strong feeling of national pride.

The biggest learning however comes from the team that have clinched the World Cup – France. They have become a model team and a global inspiration for years to come. The French team has  people from diverse origins who come together and like the different ingredients of a cake joining together, they have a formed something lovely. They have shown that if you give people chances without discrimination based on colour, race, religion etc., they can work towards a common goal and do wonders.

I am already looking forward to the next World Cup which will be held in 2022 in Qatar.