RIO DE JANEIRO, July 13 � Yesterday I went to collect my match ticket from the media centre of the great Maracana. I took the metro with a litle help from my three friends. It took just two reals from Glocia, where we stay, to Maracana. In a taxi it takes about 20 reals.
Getting out from the metro station I was in a different world. Supports from Germany and Argentina with their national team jerseys were cheering for their teams in groups.
A festive atmosphere engulfed on the eve of the final around the stadium. A flyover of about 150 meters connects Maracana with the metro station. What a beautiful scene with hills at the backdrop.
I met an Ethiopian journalist, Mohammad while standing in the queue for the match ticket. He asked me why India, being a vast and developing country, not playing in the World Cup. The same question was asked to me by many more.
Mohammad, informed that Ethiopia is vastly developing in the game and this time narrowly missed the bus to Brazil. In the deciding match they went down to Nigeria 1-2. Mohammad has some good information about India. He knows how India is developing. He knows about Bollywood, cricket, etc. He is a great fan of Amitabh Bachhan.
Mohammad suggested: India can urge FIFA for more funds in building infrastructure in the remote areas so that youngsters can be picked and trained with scientific ways. Only hard working people can play better football, said Mohammad.