Sporting Life

The World Cup still sings to us. It’s why we wait

Visitors taking photos with a World Cup sign in Doha ahead of the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup in November. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - On a train in Rio, a song to carry for a life.

It’s 2014, Chile are about to play Spain and the carriage is shaking with singing fans from Santiago. My friend, Uma, from Singapore is there, watching, laughing, elated. Four days later in the stands before Belgium versus Russia, a drunk insists on painting her cheek black, yellow and red. “Now you are Belgian,” he tells her.

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