Confessions of a World Cup outsider

The World Cup is a time of great celebration and national pride, yet the passion that has enveloped entire countries has whizzed over my head, much like a football flying past the fat kid nobody wanted for their team.

For you see, I have not watched a single match since the tournament kicked off last month. My knowledge of the Beautiful Game has come instead from other indirect sources.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline 'Confessions of a World Cup outsider'. Print Edition | Subscribe