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Hong Kong will never see a World Cup on the pitch but view from city is awesome

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Never say never, but I’d be happy to wager that Hong Kong are unlikely to ever make the Fifa World Cup.

That being the case, you could forgive people for not being interested in the festival of football we’re being served up from Russia but that’s far from the case.

Despite the late nights, early mornings and disruption to rhythms at work, home and to your body, people are making the effort. It’s something of a contrast to the pre-tournament worries expressed by many bar owners that the crowds would not be out in force.

Facebook might have been quiet with World Cup screenings but the streets of Central and Wan Chai have not been, and it has been a similar story in bars and restaurants all over. You can see from being in the MTR following final whistles, a sudden sea of shirts and fading emotions.

Uber prices surging hundreds of dollars after games is more evidence of the crowds, although after one colleague shared a photo of his taxi driver watching the game via a phone while driving, other forces could be at play.

There’s plenty of evidence that this World Cup is happening and stimulating the local economy, to boot.

The football fillip might even compare to the Sevens, the “jewel in the crown of Hong Kong sport”. Sure, one lasts a month and the other is three days but a combination of the number of World Cup shirts sported on the streets, food and........

© South China Morning Post