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THE FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia this morn­ing and many Aussies, Ja­son McEwan in­cluded, will be tun­ing in to watch the spec­ta­cle un­fold over the next month live on their tele­vi­sions.

Mr McEwan is a lo­cal goal keeper for Bingera FC in the Wide Bay league with 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and said he was ex­cited about the sheer amount of qual­ity football avail­able.

“It’s the one time every four years where football lovers can sit back, re­lax and soak up all the ex­cite­ment and build up around their favourite sport,” he said.

“To see the pas­sion and ex­cite­ment from Euro­pean and South Amer­i­can coun­tries where football is life gives us here in Aus­tralia a taste of foot­balling cul­ture from all over the world.”

Mr McEwan lives with a house­ful of football fans who are just as pas­sion­ate and will be watching as much as they can.

“My room-mates and the lads from Bingera, we have a very fam­ily-type club so no doubt we will be shar­ing some beers and watching the world cup at one of the boys’ houses,” he said.

“I’ll most def­i­nitely be up to see Russia take on Saudi, and it’s lucky for us the time dif­fer­ence isn’t too bad.

“Most coun­tries are full of world class play­ers play­ing in the big­gest teams and com­pe­ti­tions in the world, so it’s good to watch them go about their busi­ness.”

The football fan is keen to watch the Soc­ceroos on the world stage but ad­mits they have a big task ahead of them in their game against France at 8pm to­mor­row night.

“I think we will go out and try to frus­trate them and not let them settle into their groove too much and I am doubt­ful that we will get a re­sult against them but you never know,” he said.

Mr McEwan said he was some­what suprised that Bund­aberg’s Josh Bril­lante was dropped from the Aussie side last week but knew the mid­fielder would use it as a driv­ing force for fu­ture se­lec­tion.

“He has played a mas­sive role at Syd- ney FC this sea­son and he’s eas­ily one of the best mid­feilders in the A-league,” he said,

“Know­ing Josh per­son­ally, he will use it as mo­ti­va­tion to im­prove and be there in 2022 if we qual­ify.”

Bel­gium’s Kevin De Bruyne will be one to watch for Mr McEwan, along with Por­tu­gal’s Chris­tiano Ron­aldo and Ar­gentina’s Lionel Messi, who are the two big­gest football stars in the world.


FOOTY FA­NAT­ICS: Bund­aberg goal keeper Ja­son McEwan (right) and Buc­ca­neers player Ben Wilks are ex­cited for the FIFA World Cup to be­gin.

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