For one month, every four years, global attention shifts to “the beautiful game”. The World Cup is a sporting event like no other, one which thrives oﬀ the accessibility and ubiquitous nature of football.
Diehards and casual fans alike ﬁle into stadiums, city squares, pubs, cafes, and living rooms to cheer on their home or newly adopted nations. Moments of magic on the pitch transcend both the boundaries of country and shackles of language.
There is a camaraderie in the collective experience of a jaw-dropping golazo, a perfect ﬁrst touch or the unbearable tension of a match decided by penalties. The players themselves carry the weight of millions who share in the suﬀering and adulation of both heartbreak and glory. It may be war on the pitch, but ultimately one that yields the best in humanity.