world cup fever

With less than a week to go for the FIFA world cup 2006, all the big hotels, cafes, clubs, etc of karachi are getting ready to show most of the matches live on big screens. Some, like Avari, have special offers with ‘soccer snacks’ + the match for Rs. 220 upto the quarterfinals and the semi-finals and final for Rs. 300. Royal Rodale will also be screening the matches on the big screen. For a football fan like myself, this is great news because watching the world cup on the big screen, with a good crowd is always different. So who are you rooting for?

17 Comments so far

  1. wasiq (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    Hafsa dear thanks for the info….so this is where all the money from the karachi stock market is going….anyways…iam not a soccer fan and God is always with the brazil so i’ll be watching wimbledon and the tour de france….
    Every year i feel so british this week until the budget speech…..

  2. Fuhrer (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 7:45 am

    Deutschland ! ! !

    Argentina, second pick.

  3. Zain (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 10:03 am


    Thanks! See you at Rodale.. Which team??? Its Brazil for me… Brazil will rule..

  4. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    England for me.

  5. IllusionFS (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    I am for England, though it will suck big time.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Like majority of Pakistanis or asians,i am not big fan of soccer but i would like to see Germany and England in final.

  7. Kashif (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    Brazil, England, France :)

    I have got a web site to aggregate soccer related news.

  8. Razi (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    For those of you refering to this sport as “Soccer”…the official name is “Football” (hence FIFA).

    For those of us in the US…for clarification purposes…..any game where the ‘ball’ spends more time in the hand than the foot should never be called “Football”


    By the way, England has a fair chance (should the key injured players turn fit), however Brazil and Argentina have a high chance.

    Enjoy the event.

  9. Adnan K (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

    1) Brazil
    3) England (I think thats as far as they can get realistically)
    4) Germany isnt out being the host.

    GO BRASIL!!!!

  10. Zainub (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Sorry to correct you Adnan, but the majority of Pakistani may or may not be football fans, however the majority of Asians certainly are. I read in Dawn the other day broadcasters across China, South Korea , Japan and good chunk of the Middle East were expecting record TV ratings for the World Cup, and that’s despite the odd timings you’d have because of the time difference with Germany.

    As for me personally, I love football. And although I’m always more intrigued by the club game, and my loyalties are always stronger there, I try and not miss out on international action whenever I can. In big tournaments I always support England, but they always mess up (like they did in Euro last year, and the last WC) so I’m not putting up a lot of expectations this year either. Should be good viweing all the same. God bless ESPN, I’d be watching everything at home.

  11. bublee (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    God, you guys in pakistan are watching the footie??? Thats cool! Globalisation @ its best ;) never ceases to amaze me. Rooting for England!!!

  12. Zainub (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 12:14 am

    Did any catch England’s friendly against Jamica today? Quite a few goals…especially for Peter Crouch…

  13. Da-Man (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 6:15 am

    Is Pakistan sending a team? Where do you think they will rank?

  14. Ali (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    pakistan ranks 153!!!

  15. Da-Man (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

    LOL. Is that all the talent we have in Lyari?
    Better to not send a team.

  16. Zainub (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    I’m afraid you can’t just “send” a team, you have to qualify.

    And yes, we do have a team, and they even have a ranking, last time I checked it was something in the low 140s or thereabouts if I’m remembering correctly…

  17. wasiq (unregistered) on June 8th, 2006 @ 2:38 am

    Never mind the ranking….Pakistan is the Winner always by making the ball probably makes more in $$$terms than the two finalists….Isn’t that something..?

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