7 football fans in Kerala, crazed by the FIFA World Cup 2022 fever, purchased a house worth Rs 23 lakh to watch the matches together. The deal was recently closed by the group in a small village in the Kochi district.
FIFA Fever in Kerala
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has begun in Qatar, and football fans are all geared up to watch the game. From adorning the streets with cut-outs and posters of their favorite players to buying expensive tickets in advance, football fans do all sorts of crazy stuff to express their love for the sport. One such story has emerged from Kerala – a state that possesses an uncontrolled love for the game.
According to reports, 17 residents of Mundakkamugal village in Kerala’s Kochi have brought a house together for Rs 23 lakh, so that they can watch the FIFA matches together at one common spot. The football friends have also decorated the newly-purchased house with the flags of the 32 teams taking part in the World Cup, along with portraits of football stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. A big-screen television has been brought into the house so that all of them can watch the match together.
“We planned to do something special for FIFA World Cup 2022. 17 of us purchased a house already on sale for Rs 23 lakhs & decorated it with flags of FIFA teams. We’ve also planned to gather together here & watch the match on a big-screen TV,” Shefeer PA, one of the buyers said, reported ANI.
Before buying the house, the group had set a memorable tradition of watching football games together, and they have been doing it for the past 15-20 years. They eventually decided to buy the property in order to continue gathering at the house.
“In the future, our next generation can also enjoy this gathering and their unity will continue. We are planning to buy a big TV. We will make arrangements for visitors of all generations to come here and enjoy the game together”, Shefeer PA said. As to what would happen after the World Cup is over, the buyers said that the house will become a venue for social services, emergency services, and sporting events.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 is being held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. Over the next month, players from the national teams of 32 countries will compete in a series of elimination games, topping in December.