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Still spellbound by the magic of the World Cup

It captivates us, transports us and unites us in a way only the quadrennial football event can

Football people are a strange tribe who are easily recognised by their posture. In the midst of walking we stop, contemplate and suddenly balance on one foot. We see crumpled paper, a tin can, an apple core and we pull back one leg and cock it like a streetside Maradona. We see a dustbin and lamp-post 10 yards apart and think, OK, that's the goal. We send the can expertly skittering between those goal posts and think we've won the World Cup.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Still spellbound by the magic of the Cup'. Print Edition | Subscribe