As I write this, Brazil is down by a goal to France in the FIFA World Cup 2006 quarterfinals. 72 minutes are up, and I can't watch anymore. There is a strange feeling in the stomach, possibly nervousness. I have switched off the TV (this is what I did when Japan took a 1-0 lead against Brazil in the group match. Brazil scored four times after that) and hoping this works! :-(
If this is the case with Brazil, I wonder what my condition will be if India ever qualifies for the World Cup. Click here for history of India in World Cup qualifiers.
I wonder why India doesn't do well in football! People talk about lack of infrastructure, encouragement, fan following, but what is the real reason? Definitely not lack of fan following - Click here for information on football viewership in India. We've also had the most talented players - Baichung Bhutia, Chima Okerie, IM Vijayan..
Oh well, just checked to see the score: Fra: 1, Bra:0 - END OF PLAY! :-( Now why do I care who wins the World Cup! In 2010, I will root for India - right from the qualifiers!