Bas Ek Goal?: A Non-Fan’s Greatest Nightmare During the World Cup

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Bas Ek Goal?: A Non-Fan’s Greatest Nightmare During the World Cup

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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e’ve reached the World Cup semi-finals, which means even people who normally pay football as much attention as the BMC does to Mumbai’s roads started following the games at least one match ago. There won’t be another occasion in football more momentous than this for another four years, so even the part-time fans have to get in on the action. They’re invested in the game solely because it’s playing on a screen in their vicinity, or to validate their partner’s obsession with the sight of grown men in shorts kicking around a ball.

My girlfriend, bless her, was one such spectator to yesterday’s semi-final between France and Belgium. Sadly, the match was an abject disappointment to both her and I. She wanted to see an exhilarating match full of goals, I wanted Belgium to make it to the finals; neither one of us got what we wanted.

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