Football can change the way friends, neighbours, especially people of different political opinion, ethnic nationality think about one another.
Although other sports have the capability of bringing people together the number of countries and people involved in these sports: basketball, handball misnamed football and long tennis or volley ball and tracks among others are small compared to the number of people who play, watch and act as soccer fans.
The World Cup can still be a magical time in the city, seeing pockets of people gather to watch and cheer and talk. The world’s game, celebrated in cities all around the UK by different cultures and nationalities. For a few weeks, it is everywhere you look. In bars and restaurants and cafes. In living rooms. In the lobbies of office towers and the TV screens behind the counters in variety stores and gas stations.
The games themselves are exciting to watch, but many of us find them more fun if we have a community to watch them with. The current World Cup 2018 is a great opportunity to bring friends and neighbours together. Endless possibilities abound with the latest World Cup and England’s current top performing team.
The eight last-16 ties will be played from from Friday 30 June to Tuesday 3 July. On each day of football, one match will kick-off at 3pm UK time and one match at 7pm.
Teams that have reached the last 16
- Uruguay (winners of Group A)
- Russia (runners-up in Group A)
- Spain (winners of Group B)
- Portugal (runners-up in Group B)
- France (winners of Group C)
- Denmark (runners-up in Group C)
- Croatia (winners of Group D)
- Argentina (runners-up in Group D)
- Brazil (winners in Group E)
- Switzerland (runners-up in Group E)
- Sweden (winners in Group F)
- Mexico (runners-up in Group F)
- Belgium (winners in Group G)
- England (runners-up in Group G)
- Colombia (winners in Group H)
- Japan (runners-up in Group H)
Why not get to know your neighbours better and invite them to join you in watching the next game. Football helps bring people and communities together.