Opinion: Leaving the country? Learn to speak football first

Source: Lonely Planet

As fans around the globe cheer on their World Cup teams, Lonely Planet editor (and lifelong loather of football) Helen Elfer recalls how often the beautiful game has helped her while travelling.

Stick one of these shirts on to make instant football buddies. Image by Duncan Hull / CC BY 2.0


I can’t stand football. I hate the statistics-swapping sessions that are supposed to pass for conversation every summer. Hate sitting in pubs listening to the bellowed strings of vowels (‘A-woooooo—uuhhhhhh—ayyyyy’) that last for 90 looong minutes whenever there’s a match on. I could go on.

But as soon as ...

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