A month before the FIFA World Cup 2018 lifts its curtain, Md. Selim hoisted Brazil’s national flag on the roof of his building as an admirer of Brazilian football. He hoisted flags even in the porch. He has been a fan of Brazil since his childhood. He has collection of different jerseys of Brazil. Even the World Cup has begun just hours ago, he is eagerly waiting for his favorite team to create some magical moments in the field.
There is another football admirer, his name is Rahamat Ali. He has painted his 8-storey building with the pattern of the Argentine national flag and hoisted a big flag of Argentina on the roof. Ali made it clear to his neighbors how much he admires Argentina.
The picture of hoisting flags in Dhaka city is very common. However, most of the flags are of Brazil and Argentina. But, it would be wrong to say that the culture is prevalent in the capital only, because if we see other cities, towns, and suburbs, we will notice the same picture there too. Even in the remotest countryside areas, we see young boys hoisting flags of their favorite teams.
When it comes to supporting football, Bangladesh remains one step forward from other countries as it ranks 10 for having a huge base of football supporters. The interesting fact is, Bangladesh ranks 194 in football ranking among 206 countries. It is easily understandable that Bangladesh has never participated in a World Cup tournament. All these things prove how crazy the fans of Bangladesh are.
It remains doubtful that Bangladesh will be able to participate in the World Cup in near future. But, it never ceases the Bangladeshi football fans to express their love for football. When the World Cup season comes, football supporters of Bangladesh get crazy about their teams- they became crazy mostly for Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Spain.
A question may arise, when football is so popular here, why the football of this country does not reach the world class level. Many claim that it happens because of the geographical and physical stature. However, the experts say that it happens due to the lack of different initiatives including arranging national leagues.