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ACTION UNLIMITED: Soccer buffs anxiously watching the live telecast of the opening match held between Germany and Costa Rica in a pub at Hyderabad on Friday night. -- Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
ACTION UNLIMITED: Soccer buffs anxiously watching the live telecast of the opening match held between Germany and Costa Rica in a pub at Hyderabad on Friday night. -- Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Staff Reporter

Football buffs sit glued to TV sets

Pubs and restaurants come up with special offers Association for German Culture joins the fun

HYDERABAD: The intensity of the soccer fever is gaining fast, real fast across Hyderabad and Secunderabadand denizens are revelling in the excitement as the world's biggest sporting extravaganza kicked off in distant Germany on Friday night.

As the spectacular opening ceremony got underway in Munich, offices, pubs, clubs, resorts, hotels, restaurants, malls and even small pan-shops in the city's bylanes were hooked onto the fervour, and to use a cliché, glued to their televisions sets.

There was a little bit of direct German excitement in the city too, as the Association for German Culture's Goethe-Zentrum here joined the countdown from 8.30 p.m. with a large screen on its premises on Hill Fort Road. "We are having our students and friends of the Zentrum here to party together and soak in the fun," Goethe-Zentrum executive director Amita Desai could hardly conceal the excitement in her voice.

In Secunderabad, the bowling alley and snooker parlour Alleygator opened the doors of a specially set up 34-seater air-conditioned mini theatre for football maniacs. Aimed at corporates and small private groups, the theatre is available on a 150-minute rental basis. For those who were intent on nursing a mug of beer and watching their stars in action, 10 Downing Street had gifts in the form of T-shirts of various teams besides special drinks named after popular footballers. "It's all about catching the spirit live and we are enhancing the ambience with football trivia and regalia," Vinod Reddy, partner, 10 D said.

Fusion 9 with a special World Cup menu and Zafraan Exotic with its own special menu too were not far behind.

For all those who loathe football, the one-month period is going to be hell, where they will be branded as aliens.

Passion unlimited. Period.


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