In cricket crazy India, I am a little different. I have been a lover of football and make sure that I do not miss any of the action during the FIFA World Cup. But I do not follow club football in Europe. It is the sheer love for the sport that has kept me connected with it.
In 2012, one day a friend told me how he had volunteered for some work during one of the European football tournaments. He told me that football’s global body, FIFA, too looked for volunteers whenever the World Cup was held. I checked the FIFA website and in September 2012 registered for the volunteer programme.
I could have chosen from a few services for my volunteer work but I chose transport services. I was stationed at Port Alegre where I stayed for six weeks during the FIFA 2014 World Cup. My job was to make sure the transport services for the players, officials, referees, VIPs and local organising committee staff worked with clockwork precision for the five matches that were held there. Since I handled the transport services, I got to see players like Messi, Robben, Di Maria and the German Team very closely. It was like living a dream!
I also have very fond memories of how, outside the stadium,