The 2022 FIFA World Cup has begun in Qatar, and football fans are gearing up to welcome the game. Football fans go to extremes to express their love for the sport, from decorating the streets with cut-outs and posters of their favorite players to purchasing expensive tickets in advance. One such story comes from Kerala, a state with an unbridled love for the game.
According to an ANI report, 17 residents of Mundakkamugal village in Kerala’s Kochi have bought a house for Rs. 23 lakh so that they can all watch FIFA matches at the same time. The football friends have also decorated the newly purchased house with flags of the 32 World Cup teams, as well as portraits of football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. A large-screen television has been installed in the home so that they can all watch the game together.
Kerala | We planned to do something special for FIFA World Cup 2022. 17 of us purchased a house already on sale for Rs 23 lakhs & decorated it with flags of FIFA teams. We’ve also planned to gather together here & watch match on a big-screen TV, said Shefeer PA, one of the buyers pic.twitter.com/BgSRwkjDbD
— ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2022
“We intended to do something unique for the FIFA World Cup 2022. 17 of us paid 23 lakhs for a pre-existing house and decorated it with FIFA team flags. We also intend to gather here and watch the game on a big-screen TV “One of the buyers, Shefeer PA, was quoted by news agency ANI.
Prior to purchasing the house, the group had created a unique tradition of watching football games together, which they had been doing for the past 15-20 years. They ultimately decided to purchase the property so that they could continue to gather at the house.
The FIFA World Cup-themed house is decorated in the colours of Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal. Furthermore, the football fans have adorned their newly acquired property with portraits of some of the game’s active legends, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off on Sunday, November 20 at 9:30 p.m. (IST). The tournament will include 32 teams divided into eight groups. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.