Frankly, I have very little interest in football except when a major event like this takes place and then for only as long as my own national team is still in the running. However, the fact that the next World Cup takes place in Russia adds a bit of interest to the event, and also should expand our geographical horizons. We'll get to know a number of cities we have never heard of; just from the various match sites we are going to get a lot of geography, population and ethnic lessons.
At the moment, the big suspense is that Italy might not qualify -- it will all depend on their upcoming match against Sweden. And the United States did not qualify this time, so I wouldn't expect much media coverage in Trumpland next year, at least not in the English speaking media. Univision and other Spanish language networks in the United States will be another matter.
I can't be bothered with any sport on TV screen. Soccer is the worst for me. They made me play when I was a kid. I was bad. Very bad. So they put me in the goal. I was bad. Very bad. Now when I see all these fans honkingcznd waving flags and yelling they won when all they did was pat themselves on their belly and say they won whilst drinking bad beer - like Heineken - and chips. I am an alien to that. And I realise I am arrogant about it ;-)
I was reading in La Libre Belgique today that there were riots in Brussels tonight after Morocco qualified for the World Cup by beating Côte d'Ivoire. The match took place in Abidjan. And so the madness has begun...
We realised how many Turkish guys we had in Bruxelles when they won some match some years ago. We'll know how many Moroccans we have if they win ;-) Mohamed the cleaning lady at our office teaches me some Arabic He says us Belgians are nice. I hope it is true. He is a great guy for sure.