It's a family affair!
I grew-up Indian-East African, with a Serbian-English aunt, an Italian uncle, and an English step-mother. Sounds like the typical twenty-first century Canadian family, doesn't it?
Dysfunctional in many ways, yes. But arguably exactly the right fit to hurtle through soccer's grand battle. Every four years when the beautiful game sounds the call to action around the world, conversations around my dinner table ignite into fireworks.
Similar experiences are shared by millions of people in this country. Where else in the world could you fly the flag for say Portugal, and see supporters of Brazil, Cameroon, and England on just your block, alone?
Where else in the world can we say supporters from each of the 32 participating nations can shop in the same grocery store? Where else can we say the passion for world-cup takes a hold of a family's pride within their household and well...their vehicles?
Here's a snap shot of one of our CBC Sports Superfans showing us his world cup experience.
Fly your flags high this World Cup, Canada. For we're lucky to be in a place were we can let our pride for our homelands shine through.
And, tell me if it's YOUR World Cup family affair as well.
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About the Author
Saphia Khambalia, says this year's final in South Africa holds a special meaning to her. Khambalia spent time on the continent getting to know her East African roots, and filmed a documentary profiling the lives of young orphaned children. She saw first hand the incredible power that soccer has in Africa. "Soccer in Africa isn't just a game, it's a way of life...and now with the 2010 World Cup, it's also an opportunity for all of Africa to welcome the world."