Football, the Religion Where Moses and Jesus Are on Opposing Teams

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Football, the Religion Where Moses and Jesus Are on Opposing Teams

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ootball is a religion, and its biggest festival – the FIFA World Cup – is in town. Moses plays for Nigeria, Jesus for Brazil, and for the coming month, Russia will be the new Bethlehem of the world. This holy site changes every four years with mutual agreement (and a bit of corruption).

Hindus have Diwali, Muslims have Eid, and football fans have the FIFA World Cup. Preparations begin a long time ago, and now there’s a celebratory atmosphere in the air. People will don jerseys of their favourite team, there will be much singing and dancing, crowds will get drunk, and sometimes, things might get ugly.

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