As the stage in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium is all set to draw the curtains over another hair-raising World Cup season, we prepare ourselves to bid farewell to the festivity that came along with it. With just a few games left to be played, let's look at the things that we will surely miss as we wait four more years for the curtains to be unravelled once again in Qatar.
The Wavin' Flags: From the roof tops to the balconies of every building, from the bonnets of our cars to the front of almost every rickshaw, the flags of our favourite teams stood high throughout this world cup. These flags are the key components to the festivity of the game. For now, the flags will be hoisted down and folded with care inside our cupboards, waiting for the next season. Until the next time we see hawkers out on the streets carrying the flags on their long stands, we wait.
The Common Topic: Every now and then, we as a nation are tied together with popular topics of interest. But unfortunately, most of these topics aren't of the joyous nature. The World Cup topic is completely different. It gives us something to talk about, something to start a conversation with. Nothing else can give us happiness and a single topic to chat over at the same time. In fact, the topic becomes so prevalentthat many of us end up changing our pick up line from “ki koro” to “khela dekhso”.
The 'Seasonal' Fans: First of all, there is nothing wrong with being a seasonal football fan. After all, that is what the World Cup is all about. Whether you're a pundit or someone who watches football once in every four years, we are all the same. Having said that, these fans will be missed as they along with their often outrageous social media posts are about to disappear from the face of this world for the next four years or so.
The Banter: Banter is an inseparable part of this game we all love. Football rivalries have been shaped and built around such banter over the years. Every World Cup, we get more material to rub into the faces of our rival team and its supporters. This will be highly missed once the tournament ends.
The Tears: The beautiful game is often the most tear jerking one. The sorrow of having your team eliminated from the tournament is something that destroys many of us emotionally. Some teams make an early exit, while a few make it far but yet not far enough to lift that prestigious trophy. Some tears are of joy as miracles happen in the very last second sparing us a heart attack. With the end coming nearer, some of us may have shed our last tears for this World Cup.