Kerala, Photography

Football Fever in Kerala: WC 2018 Russia

It’s world cup time again and only a day away from the D day. Over last one month Keralites celebrated it breaking all barriers of religion and politics. There was only one religion, that’s football but many gods 🙂

As we had a roller coaster world cup with more twists and turns than any edition as far as I could remember, we had to find new favorites to follow after almost every stage.

With the fall of Argentina, Portugal, Germany, Spain and Brazil most of the crazy football fans are in total disappointment. But that really didn’t stop them from watching the late night showdowns as they easily switched sides.

Their passion for football could be easily be noticed if you happened to travel in Kerala over last one month. Posters, cutouts, flex boards, painted walls with colors of different national flags and graffiti filled up each and every possible public space.

One thing I have to admit regretfully is the number of flex boards that were used and it’s environmental impact.

When I published a post four years back during Fifa WC 2014 Brazil the number of flex boards were much lesser.

But, there is a positive side as well. Many fan clubs and friend circles opted to do away with flex boards and used cloth banners and other creative means to show off their loyalty.

Hope to have fitting battle tomorrow and let’s see what Croatia could achieve on this grand stage.

30 thoughts on “Football Fever in Kerala: WC 2018 Russia”

  1. Interesting to see that there is so mych passion for football in this part of India. Think one day India may become a superpower of this sport. You have a lot of people from which to choose 22 that are good!
    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marcus, for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts 🙂

      Football is getting more and more popular in India and a professional league is also in place now.

      Indian football team was really good at Asian level till ’70s and there came the decline. Now slowly but surely we can see good progress. But still the popularity of football is largely confined to the states of West Bengal, Goa Kerala and Manipur.

      Hope we will be able to unearth a good enough 11 from a population of 1300 Millio 🙂

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  2. You captured the spirit of the WC very well, Sreejith. Didn’t know soccer or the WC was a big deal in India. It is amazing to see how many people can come together and enjoy the game, and India seems to be loud and proud about how they feel about the occasion. Funny how so many of us can disagree on the simplest things like getting along together and personal habits, but when it comes to football so many of us are ready to celebrate together – and that is a very good thing 🙂

    It has been quite a WC month and agree this time round it has been such an unpredictable cup. As you said, the heavyweights were knocked out early, and then there have been so many penalties awarded. If you are wondering, yes, I am quite the fan of WC and soccer (EPL) and look forward to the WC coming around every four years. The past month have been staying up late following the matches 🙂

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    1. It’s always great to see your comments, Mabel 🙂

      As you know, India is a country of great contrasts and diversity. People are divided by language, religion, caste and so many factors which are hard to comprehend for a person from other civilizations.
      On top of these factors, conscious efforts are put by the self centered politicians and religious leaders to divide people and take advantage out of it.
      In this context, sports or team sports is the only unifying factor in this vast country of 1300 million people.
      Though cricket is the favorite team sports which unites this nation, football is also getting popular with initiatives like Indian Super League (ISL).

      For a country like India, there is so much to learn from this years winners, France. How a team with an incredible mix of migrants and natives fought together and won the ultimate prize. Together we could achieve much more than what we could if we stand divided, right?


      1. Indeed India is very divese on so many levels. It is good team sports is one way to finally bring the people together, even for a brief moment.

        You are so right. India can learn from the teams that progressed through to the finals. France’s team does represent diversity, but I did felt Croatia put up a better fight. Overall, it was an engaging final 🙂

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        1. Absolutely…

          It was an incredible world cup and teams like Croatia, Island and Russia put up some great fight 🙂

          Now the long wait starts, till 2022 Qatar 🙂


    1. You are absolutely right, Eliza, it’s a mania indeed 🙂

      Here in Kerala, WC effected our day today life as we sleep late after the matches and most of times late to reach offices and schools …

      As you said, in a day, things are all going back to normalcy, but we all are going to miss it, for sure.

      Thank you so much for your visit and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  3. Sreejith, these are great captures of the football fever in Kerala that is also running in some other parts of India. I have been to my hometown in Kolkata recently and has seen the fever gripping the city too. 🙂 You have chosen a perfect topic in the perfect season with excellent captures. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

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    1. Kolkata is the capital of football craziness in India and Kerala will come only second 🙂

      It is always interesting to see how these two far away states have so many things in common. Football is just one among them, right?

      Most interesting factor for us was politics until recently, and of course fish, art, culture, movies etc; etc;

      I always wanted to visit the City of Joy and hope it happens later this year 🙂

      Thank you so much fro your words of appreciation and have a beautiful day from the overcast and drenched Kerala 🙂

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      1. Thank you, and wish you the same 🙂

        You are so true, there are so many things in common within these two states with such a big geographical distance between them. I have been to Kerela thrice and am again planning to visit sometime in the coming months 🙂

        Wish you can make your plan happen and visit Kolkata this year. I would be glad to help you with any required information regarding your trip 🙂

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    1. Absolutely, Sue 🙂

      In fact, one of the huge cutout in Kerala got featured in Messi’s official facebook page and they are expecting a signed football from Messi itself 🙂

      Kerala is a football crazy state and hard to digest the loss of our favorite teams Argentina and Brazil…

      Thank you so much for your visit and comments 🙂

      Have a beautiful day 🙂

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    1. Dear Dalo,

      We have been going through the worst disaster of a century in Kerala.

      Over a million people were evacuated and hundreds lost their lives.

      Luckily I live in the northern most part of Kerala and which was relatively less affected.

      The best thing about this rescue and rehabilitation efforts is the kind of unity shown by the whole Kerala population beyond religion or politics. As you might be aware, Keralites are well known for their adaptability to foreign conditions and hard working nature, they are one of the most important expat population in middle east Europe and in North America among the Indian communities.

      We are receiving help in terms of money, materials, skills and services from all across the globe for these rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.

      I am happy to be part of the relief coordination activities in the hilly district of Wayanad which was badly affected and this is where our Community based sustainable tourism progrmmes are mostly based.

      Thank you so much for your message and kind words…

      Hope you are doing great 🙂



      1. This is such a great and reassuring message to receive, Sreejith. And I am not surprised to hear of your positive experience and work with the relief effort. Wishing you the best moving forward, and as you say the character of the Keralites gives me all the confidence in the success of rebuilding and support of the community. Take care.

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