We are being zapped fast into the wild fever that is the FIFA World Cup 2006. Heralded as one of the greatest shows on earth, FIFA evokes all kinds of emotions (in the players and the audience)-excitement, anger, zeal, patriotism, shock and almost everything else! As the whole world watches captivated by twenty two pairs of feet and a ball, why should you be left out? It is celebration time. Let us look into what the shops have to offer to stimulate this festivity.
The Ball of Fate
Yes, the football. This has become a soccer fan's sole object of worship for the season. Kick it, knee it, strike it with your head- do whatever you want with it. Unfortunately, with the demand spiralling up alarmingly, vendors have hiked their prices from Tk.100 to Tk.300/350! And of course if you want the shiny, branded ones, you should be ready to pay a little more. Their prices can reach up to about Tk.3000.
Keeping your mouth busy during the show
No football show really spices up without popcorn (lots of it!) around. A tub of popcorn could keep your mouth busy and stomach content, as your eyes follow the ball. Shops like PQS, Agora and Nandan hold a variety of flavours- buttered, toffee, caramel, garlic, and even masala. The price range for a box of microwavable popcorn is Tk.180-290. If you are feeling too lazy to make it yourself, loose packets of prepared popcorn are also available from street vendors at only Tk.10 per packet- but you may need to get more then a few to keep up the momentum.
A Touch of Devotion
FIFA time is also a great time for adorning our buildings with flags of the World Cup teams- the green and yellow of Brazil, the blue-white-red of France, and the red and yellow of Spain amongst many others. The flags, of course, come in various sizes. The "mini" ones costs around Tk.50, and as the sizes grow, so to the prices to about Tk.150. However, beware of high-street sports shops that place even higher price tags on the flags.
Sleep Football, Eat Football… Wear Football (??)
Use FIFA as a legitimate excuse to flaunt your brand new football jerseys. You may not get the opportunity to wear the "real stuff", but in any case you can quench your thirst by acquiring the replicas from the stores here. The jerseys cost around Tk.60- 400 in most places. The stadium markets offer such jerseys at very reasonable prices.
Let Your Feet Celebrate…
As a final touch to your soccer get-up, do not neglect your feet. For standard quality football shoes, you may want to turn to reliable brands like Nike, Reebok and Adidas. The lower threshold for prices starts from about Tk.1500 escalating up to around Tk.9000. Although the designs would no doubt be great, make sure comfort is your first priority.
Also available are T-shirts with the World Cup logo that cost around Tk.150. You can buy these from Aziz Super market, Dhanmondi Hawkers Market, New Market and Gulshan market. Street peddlers sell bandannas, key rings and even FIFA imprinted wallets!
FIFA fever is stirring up. And no celebration is complete without these odds and ends. So, what are you waiting for? Get going!
The LS squad
Whether they're football freaks or not, whether they even know what the game is about or not, rest assured that for the next whole month, everyone's going to be glued in front of the set, watching the games. While the sports fans watch with rapt attention, arguing about positions and goals and…(here our ultra-limited sports vocabulary runs out), the non-sporty viewers, particularly the girls, will be drooling over the hot players. That's right; this is a game that's simply with sizzling studs.
So since this week we're talking about football, the issue would be incomplete without a moment spent on some of the yummiest players in the tournament. Girls, get your napkins ready. We've compiled a dream team of our own, consisting of only the hottest players
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon
Defenders: Gainluca Zambrotta, Alessandro Nesta, Sergio Ramos
Midfielders: David Beckham, Michael Ballack, Kaka, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho
Striker: Andriy Shevchenko, Raul Gonzalez
Substitutes: Roque Santa Cruz, Fabio Cannavaro
Manager: Jose Mourinho (even though he is not participating he is too much of a character to miss out on! So all for Jose!)
On the cover
There's an epidemic at large, and it's got the whole world in its grip. That's right; we're talking about the World Cup fever. Kick start your Tuesday this week by flipping through our pages with all you need to make your World Cup experience a complete one.
Photo: A performer waves as is hoisted aloft on wires some 30 metres above the pitch as she takes part in the opening festivities at Munich's World Cup Stadium ahead of the opening 2006 World Cup match between host Germany and Costa Rica, 09 June 2006. The month-long football extravaganza involving the world's top 32 teams begins in Munich and finishes with the final in Berlin 09 July. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ
As summer loiters in, the sun is high and there are exciting things to look forward to- the summer break, exotic holidays, the FIFA World Cup and… a series of summer movies for the couch potatoes to enjoy! Here's a list of some of those "hot" flicks that are riding the heat and flaming up the Box Office this summer:
The Da Vinci Code
This is undeniably the summer movie to TRULY look forward to. If you have read the controversial international best-seller by Dan Brown, you would be even more eager to watch it! A murder at the Louvre and a string of clues in Da vinci's paintings unveil a religious mystery that has been protected by a secret society for thousands of years. The movie takes its audiences to the root of Christianity, questioning its very foundations. Starring Tom Hanks, the movie has sold out in theatres around the globe.
A Bangla film by Tareque and Catherine Masud (the makers of "Matir Moina") and featuring stars like Sara Zaker and Rokeya Prachy. The film examines the complex theme of finding one's identity and roots and tells the story of a mother and son who return to Bangladesh after 15 years of living abroad.
This is the movie that "snatched the Oscar away" from Brokeback Mountain this year so of course there must be something to it. It offers a panoramic view of racial conflict in America and has a line up of some of the big names in Hollywood: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Philippe, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton etc. Set in the post-9/11 period in Los Angeles, several stories are interwoven to provide the thrust for the film with a look into the lives of a black police detective, a drugged out mother and a thief.
By Shahmuddin Siddiky