WORLD CUP FEVER
LADS SETTLE IN
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.