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Jakarta Post

World Cup fever spreads in Indonesia

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  01:34 am

Warm welcome: A food seller from a village in Tegalrejo district, Yogyakarta, is seen in this photo taken on June 7 passing a mural adorned with images representing the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, which kicks off on Thursday in Russia. Many Indonesians celebrate the quadrennial event by decorating their neighborhoods and taking part in public screenings. (Antara/Andreas Fitri Atmoko)For Hagi Pradita, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which begins on Thursday in Moscow, is among the most anticipated sporting events this year.

The buzz of the month-long tournament has been on since the qualifying rounds, with a list of shocking results that pumped adrenaline through most soccer fans, including Hagi.

“This year’s World Cup has given us a lot of surprises, [even though the tournament hasn’t started],” Hagi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

“It was a surpri...