Updated: Jan 20
Football, soccer, fussball, futebol, futbol, voetball-whatever we may call it, it is the same beautiful game. Football is the most popular sport in the world. Approximately 250 million people play it on regular basis. I was introduced to football when I was around 5 years old and I fell in love with it when I was 11. Since then, I have been watching every game of every world cup and every champions league. I have been brought up in India, a cricket crazy country and football is not given much love here. Thought now the younger generations have shown some interest in football albeit it is more to escape cricket.
Football unites everyone and gives one a sense of identity. Football also brought us greats like Pele,Maradona ,Benkenbauer who are worshiped all over the world by all football fans. Football shows all the life aspects of human beings. There are villains and heroes, winners and losers it involves money ,loath and love. Football has given us such joyous moments and also gives us moments of crushing disappointment.
“football is one of the world’s best means of communication, it is impartial, apolitical and universal, football unites people around the world every day, young or old ,players or fans, rich or poor, the game makes everyone equal , stirs the imagination, makes people happy and makes them sad “
By FRANZ BECKENBAUER, world cup winning player and coach
BY KESHAV GOEL