It’s been 8 years now and I still get nostalgic about walking through the streets of Cape Town's city centre and seeing entire families kitted out head-to-toe in all sorts of colours, walking along the fan walk to Green Point Stadium. I remember sitting in massive auditoriums with the most exhilarating atmosphere to watch the big games with people I would never have met otherwise, and I’ll never forget cheering along and breaking out in song every time Ronaldo scored one for Portugal. The 2010 Fifa World Cup was the most exciting and memorable time for many South Africans and I can’t help but wish I was in Russia for the 2018 games right now.
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter where we are – the excitement of the 2018 Fifa World Cup will have us coming together, whether it’s having a family braai to root for our favourite teams or playing soccer on the streets with friends.A young boy playing football in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa around a puddle in the middle of a dirt pitch. (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)
So in honour of the 2018 Fifa World Cup we thought we’d celebrate the sport that always seems to bring us together. From Russia, with love for the game, here’s a series of beautiful pictures of kids playing soccer around the world:
What do you remember most about the Fifa World Cup in South Africa? Tell us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish your comments on the site.
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