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Five questions you should never ask a football fan during the World Cup

Football etiquettes are important when you’re watching the game with your friends and family. Here are some that you MUST follow:



– When is Barcelona playing? This irritating question is a big ‘NO!’. Only countries take part in the World Cup. Barcelona is a club, not a national team – which means they can buy and sell players from any country.

– What’s an offside? It’s a legit question…but, to be honest, it’s too difficult to answer. So, this is our attempt to spare you the embarrassment: An offside is a rule in football. The referee should stop the game and call an offside when a player is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the last opponent (the goalkeeper is not included). No one gets booked for stepping in the offside zone, but the team in position would lose the ball. Hope that helps!

– Can you skip watching a match? The FIFA World Cup takes place once every four years and, to most hardcore fans, every game matters. Expect a blunt ‘NO!’ if the coming match involves the following teams – Germany, England, Spain, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia.

– Where’s the orange team? You might be referring to the Netherlands (Holland). After failing to reach the Euro 2016 Cup, ‘the orange team’ failed miserably to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and became Europe’s latest laughing stock. While they reached the finals and semi-finals of the last two World Cups, for the past three years the Dutch national team has hit rock bottom.

– Do you think Oman has a chance to win? Oman never qualified to take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup – although we did qualify for the FIFA Beach World Cup 2011! Despite the Reds’ amazing performance in the recent Gulf Cup in Kuwait, that tournament has nothing to do with the World Cup. To reach the World Cup, a country needs to play against others from the same continent and finish at top positions to reach the World Cup. Japan, South Korea, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are our Asian representatives this year…and almost every year.