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World Cup soccer fever in Kannur, Kerala

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Tour of Oman kicks off

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Gulf Cup hysteria

An enthu fan turns camel during victory celebrations

Gulf Cup-ized watermelon at Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Gulf Cup semis tomorrow to be a rainy affair?

Yahoo.com’s prediction

CNN’s prediction

Yes, we can

Soccer is flavour of the fortnight. Starting tomorrow, Oman will play host to the 19th edition of Gulf Cup, a prestigious tournament which is considered as the soccer World Cup in this part of the world. If you are in Muscat, you wouldn’t miss the football mania sweeping across the city from the last few days. Cars, streets, shops are decked up in national colours and fans are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to show solidarity with the national team. By the looks of it, every time Oman wins a match, fans are going to party hard, really hard. I hope Oman emerges winner in this edition of the Gulf Cup as they chocked in the finals at UAE a couple of years back. What an anti-climax it was.

The Omani team seems to be in nice nick, with Le Roy managing to set the house in order just before the D-day. Bolton has given green signal to Habsi to play in the tournament, and this would add more confidence to the side which has seen drastic improvement in the last couple of months. Can Le Roy do what Macala couldn’t? This will be answered in a fortnight. Imagine the kind of money the boys from Oman would pocket if they were to emerge victorious. I am not talking about the tournament prize money, but those from the sponsors/well wishers in Oman. Biggies like Omantel and BankMuscat must be already waiting with their cash bags to shower the team like never before.

Like I have said before in an earlier post, the day I landed in Muscat, Oman was playing Qatar in the finals, and it looked like the whole of Muscat was painted in green and red. Add to it hundreds of slow moving cars along the highway, honking in unison with a typical sound. A sight not to be missed for soccer aficionados. During my initial days, being a soccer fanatic, I used to talk about the game with my Omani front office guy, and he would amaze me with details about some second division club in Spain. Naming 11 players from Real Madrid would not be so difficult, imagine knowing details about a second division club? Amazing is not the word.

CAUTION FOR EXPAT MOTORISTS: Never drive towards Muttrah Corniche – Old Muscat – Sidab side when Oman is playing. Fans in these parts have tendency to over celebrate and turn ‘hooligans’ at times. They might stop your car and climb over the bonnet in their celebration frenzy. It would be generally advisable to say indoors during evenings, more so the days when the national team will be in action. You might get struck in massive traffic jams as well.

TAILPIECE:

At a seminar held by Dubai Press Club on “How Do We Retain the Gulf Cup?” the participants unanimously predicted victory for the UAE team at the 19th Gulf Cup championship.

My advice for UAE team: Either play brilliant soccer or go for black magic.