Russian ladies who won’t celebrate World Cup success

Russian football fans in Sochi on June 25, 2018, reacts as a chance goes begging while watching the Russia 2018 FIFA football World Cup group A match between Uruguay and Russia on a big screen in the fan zone. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS

There seems to be a missing link between the host of last FIFA World Cup, Brazil, and Russia.

At the 2014 World Cup, all Brazilian were part of the celebration, whether or not a football match involving the national team was taking place in their city.

Brazil is famous for producing soccer stars like Pele, Garrincha, Kaka and Ronald and winning the World Cup an astounding five times, and the nation is regarded as Mecca of football.

The people were able to prove it by exhibiting their uniquely jubilant style of street celebration in 2014.

Whenever the Samba Boys were on the pitch playing, every Brazilian, male or would take to the streets beating drums, singing and dancing.

They will point to a particular direction as if they were heading to the venue where the match was taking place.

And for the period of the match, no Brazilian will engage in any form of business, no matter how important.

No taxi on the street, no food vendor, and no hotel services for visitors. You have to wait till the end of the match.

Those were some of the high points at Brazil 2014,and it was an incredible sight for visitors from different parts of the globe.

However, the situation looks different here in Russia 2018 World Cup.

On a day the Russian national team produced one of the biggest upsets in the tournament, beating former champion, Spain, to reach the quarterfinal, many visitors were expecting an all-night celebration on the streets, particularly in major cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was not to be.

Rather, a majority of the people, male and female, young and old went about their businesses.

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