World cup Fever – 10 Quotes to help understand the strange world of football for the uninitiated.

It’s the England v Italy game tonight. I wasn’t anticipating watching as am not really a sporty person and had been invited out to party to celebrate not going to either the Isle of Wight Festival or being a football fan. HOWEVER, I find myself sitting near to the landline (family!) and so I thought I’d ask for a quick guide on the rules of the game in case anyone could help…

“All I know is that men are kicking a ball. And they sometimes shout! Think that’s it isn’t it?!”

“And they roll over on the floor crying.”

“Think there might be some hugging too. Any rolling around on the floor could result in green painty stripes on kit ” (reference to Brazil painting out the brown lines on the pitch to make the grass look more healthy and the pitch in better condition!)

“And some tugging on each other’s shirts!!”

“Some people think it doesn’t matter which net to kick the ball in as long as they get a goal!” (the first goal of the World cup was an own goal by hosts Brazil)

“They have to get the ball in the net..the person who does the most rolls aroung the grass gets the most free.kicks”

“…is that where they use foul play (pretending they have been freely kicked) to get a free kick…?”

“I think so!!”

“And sometimes they like to collect coloured cards”

“I think some of them wave them in the other’s face – showing off obviously!”

I feel much better informed now…

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