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‘Don’t name me a pretend fan’ | Qatar World Cup 2022

India could also be loopy about cricket, however Indians from the southern state of Kerala comply with soccer religiously, and in Qatar, their allegiance is to Argentina or Brazil.

India has by no means certified for the World Cup, so for years, individuals in Kerala have supported international groups to slake their thirst for worldwide soccer motion. “Each child in Kerala grows up following a Latin American crew. Our mother and father used to look at Argentinian and Brazilian matches. As a five- or six-year-old, we watched these matches with them, so it’s in our blood now,” says Sujeendran, one of many lead drummers within the Argentina fan membership band.

Initially from India, Sujeendran is certainly one of greater than 5,000 die-hard Argentina soccer followers residing in Qatar. Lots of them are from international locations like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and declare their love for Messi has no limits. “We’re all struggling for Argentina. We have now jobs after which come to observe, all that is carried out for Argentina…. To be referred to as pretend followers actually hurts,” says Sujeendran when recounting how followers like him have been questioned on whether or not they’re actually Argentina soccer followers or simply being paid to advertise the event.

“The entire concept of soccer or another sport is to attach the human spirit and unfold love. Nobody ought to unfold hatred by calling others pretend. Everybody must be allowed to comply with their coronary heart.”

On this episode of Shut Up, we spend time with Sujeendran and his legion of passionate followers as they cheerfully help Argentina each step of this World Cup.


A movie by Gautam Singh

Cinematographers – Gautam Singh and Shahinur Alam

Movie Editor – Jameel Hodzic

Colourist – Kishore Kanchan

Audio Submit – Linus Bergman

Govt Producer: Tierney Bonini

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