Asia | South East Asia | Burma (Myanmar) | Yangon – On football and universal feelings

Asia | South East Asia | Burma (Myanmar) | Yangon – On football and universal feelings

It is amazing to see how sport can provoke the same reactions in people, no matter where you are in the world…
I was travelling in Nepal and Burma during the World cup and have seen some of the football matches over there, mostly surrounded by locals.
As very few people have a TV, even the smallest of villages have a sort of public TV bamboe room or hall.
You pay 100 Kyat entrance (0,12 euro) and join the fans, looking for a place somewhere on the ground…
In Bagan we were four farangs (foreigners) watching Korea beat Italy in a hall full of Burmese that apparently had put their betting money on the Italians – but they hadn’t reckoned with the Dutch super coach of the Koreans!
The reactions are universal though, the same ooh’s and aah’s go around with everybody on the same actions…
Other times were in the Jumping cat monastery in Inle Lake, or in the local hall in Nyaungschwe. And be it monks or other Burmese, everybody gets excited about football!
The Korea-Turkey game was on while I was in Yangoon and I went off to a fancy Coffee bar that was showing the game on a huge screen and several small TV’s… with about 40 guys sitting outside and watching through the window to the small TV above my head – I have been watching them and their reactions as much as the game!

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