Finally, something we can all agree on! The 2018 World Cup is about to begin and people of all political stripes can come together in their shared love of the beautiful game. Yes, there are those who may grumble, but billions of eager fans are expected to tune-in from around the world. Like it or loathe it, the world cup is consistently the most-watched sporting event in human history.
Not that you can keep politics out of sport. From the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany to today’s American athletes protesting against police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the US national anthem, politics is always there.
To put it mildly, relations are strained between Russia and the West at the moment. Furthermore, FIFA has been criticised for ignoring human rights violations in Russia, including 2017’s “anti-gay purges” in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. Then, of course, there are the corruption scandals that have dogged FIFA itself in recent years.
Nevertheless, this is a rare opportunity for people from all over the world to unite. We’re all there, watching together, hoping for victory and braced for defeat. So, as a slight diversion from our regular programming, we wanted to ask our readers which team they fancy to win the 2018 World Cup. Let us know what you think below:
Who do you think will win the World Cup? Do you think a European team could win? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below!