Merch Merchants & the League of Extra Gentlemen: Meet the Humans of World Cup

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Merch Merchants & the League of Extra Gentlemen: Meet the Humans of World Cup

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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n a late Friday night inside a local watering hole, a deafening silence echoed through the room. All eyes were glued to the television, intensely watching one striker’s movements. Smoothly cutting through his opponents, the striker in question was scurrying toward the goal post with the ball… left… right… left… right. Any minute now, he would cross the last defender standing closest to the goalie and go for the kill.

Once the striker scores, it’s a given that whistles will be blown, the entire bar will raise their beer mugs, strangers will hug each other as if they’re long-lost friends, and a raucous celebration for the winning team will ensue. This is how every football screening unfolds in India.

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