It’s nearly that time again. The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching, with the first match taking place on the 14th of June between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
It’s the most watched tournament in the world, with the last final expected to be watched by more than one billion people.
What I enjoy about the World Cup is that there’s constant football, memorable goals and most importantly, it’s stress free.
Why stress free? Well I have the pleasure of being South African, and while we’re pretty decent at sports, football is not one of them. As such, I watch World Cups without the stress of my team being eliminated.
I remember the last time South Africa were in the tournament, when we were hosting it in 2010, and the stress levels I dealt with would rival that of any big Arsenal game (nearly). I don’t want that! Arsenal give me enough stress as it is!
So, after the slight disappointment of my nation failing to qualify for the World Cup again, I become grateful because it means I can just sit back and enjoy the football.
However, you still have to root for a team, it’s no fun otherwise.
The main factor I look for in supporting an international team is simple; there must be an Arsenal player in it.
However, there are a number of Arsenal players heading to the World Cup, so which one to choose?
You can support all of them really, but let’s take a look at the Arsenal player who will be there and see if we can decide between their countries…