Football fans in India know no national boundaries. They are passionate and knowledgeable about the game for its own sake. Big names from the film industry share their excitement and predictions about the major world tournament now drawing to a close.
I am super excited to catch the finals on Sunday! With Italy having an amazing run and England playing at home for their first major final in decades, it is going to be a very close contest. England hasn’t won the Euro title ever, so with one of the best squads of players and exciting talent, this is their best opportunity at home. And what’s more, the whole nation is behind them, so the cup could be coming home. — Rana Daggubati, actor
“I have always been a great fan of the Arsenal Club, and I believe this generation of English players are amazing. It would not be an understatement if I call this side the ‘Golden Generation English team’, and I strongly root for England. I felt that France had a great chance of coming to the finals, but unfortunately, they lost. Luckily, I don’t have shooting on the finals day (Sunday), so I and my friends who are football lovers are eagerly looking forward to it.” — Nikhil Siddharth, actor.
Rooting for England
I am eagerly looking forward to the final, and I am sure it'll be a pretty charged-up one. I root for England, of course, and I am happy to see the team doing extremely well. I am glad that they made it to the finals of such a championship after a long time. I guess the kind of players they have in the team makes them an exciting watch. —Sumanth, actor.
A cracker of a contest
I am glad that the two best teams in the championship are competing in the finals, so it’ll be a cracker of a contest. Although I am neutral, I’d love to see Italy winning the cup if only for the sake of their manager Robert Mancini. It is very difficult to bring all the players together in a national side. But he has done a commendable job in transforming a dispirited team into what they are today. Both teams have exciting talent to watch out for, and we are in for a humdinger.” — Rahul Ravindran, actor, and National Award-winning director.