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Partner link: World Cup Fever Brings Joy Back To The Beautiful Game

2018 Russia. 32 of the world’s best footballing teams & fans are mixing it up, in a great celebration of the brotherhood of football. It is a celebration of nations,  great fun, great drama and great fun.

South Korean Fans Carried On Shoulders by Mexican Fans

Mexican Fans Carry South Korean Ambassador On Their Shoulders

Mexican fans paraded around the streets carrying the South Korean Ambassador on their shoulders (after South Korea put world champions, Germany out of the cup with a  2-0 win & allowing Mexico into the last 16.)

One of the All-Time Great Games

France v Argentina (4-3)

Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messe, one of the, if not, ‘the’, greatest player in the world today, smiles and looks at every French player in the eye, as he shakes hands with each member of the opposition, moments  before kick-off.  When Messi meets France’s Matuidi, they hug each other.  The next French player in the line  is the 19-year-old French revelation, Kylian Mbappe. Messi gives a warm smile to the new kid on the block and gives him a two handed shake/pat on the arm.  Then Messi turns and hugs France’s last player Antoine Griezmann.  Game on!  And what a game. It reminded me of the famous Brazil v France semi-final many years ago. Football at its finest.

Kante Hacked But Not Falling

42 minutes into a fantastic game of football, France’s Kante was hacked by Mascherano, but Kante refused to fall.  ITV commentator, Danny Murphy spotted it and said ‘let me tell you this: Kante has probably stopped him (Mascherano) getting a red (card) because, his honesty, which I love, by the way.” No diving nor rolling around on the ground, just a brave, brilliant & honest French hero doing his thing.

A French Star Is Born

As the great Messi Lionel bows out of the World Cup, a new Pele is born, Frances youngest ever goal scorer in a major competition. And now the humble 19-year-old  Mbeppe is giving all his World Cup earnings to charity as he doesn’t think you should be paid to play for your country.  Mbappe & Pele are the only two teenagers to score two goals in a World Cup Finals match (Pele saved his for the 1958 final against Sweden).  It wasMbeppe’s run in the first half that tore open the game.

black and white leather football


Argentinian Fans Sing Forever

92 mins on the clock & 4-2 down, Argentinian fans were still singing.  “These are songs of resistance from the Argentinian fans now. They’re still waiving their flags. They’ve been one of the highlights of the tour, for me, their supporters. said TV commentator, Guy Mowby. ‘They’ve been absolutely phenomenal today” said Dannny Murphy.


Another Sensational Game – Belgian Coach Congratulates Japan

Belgium v Japan (3-2)

Moments after one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the World Cup (Belgium came back from 2-0 down to score the winner  4 minutes into injury time),  Belgian coach,   Roberto Martínez, congratulated Japan: “They were (played) the perfect game. They were so solid. They frustrated us. They were clinical on the counter (attack).”  Both sides embraced each other after this epic match. Japan, the underdogs played wonderful attacking football and played without fear against the experienced and much fancied, Belgians.  Japan went 2-0 up ans somehow Belgium did a ‘Lazarus’ (came back from the dead! and went on to win an intriguing match.


The World Cup Trophy

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My London Ambassador Experience

My name is Richard Dear and I was a London Ambassador.

I lived and worked in London for 45 years until I moved to Market Harborough, Leicestershire in April 2002. I have been lucky to have travelled to many cities all over the world which have been wonderful – but to my mind LONDON IS THE GREATEST CITY. London’s heritage, historic buildings, open spaces and multi-cultural aspects places it top. Although neither born in nor no longer living in London, I am a Londoner!

Richard Dear Olympic Volunteer
Pictured on the concourse of Waterloo Station while on Olympics/Paralympic duty are (from left) SUSAN, MARTINE, BEN and the author of this article RICHARD DEAR

I wanted to be a London Ambassador as soon as I heard that they were being recruited for London 2012 as I had seen how popular and friendly they were at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. I wanted to be able to share London with others.

I spent 5 days at Waterloo Station on the main concourse. We had a small “pod” as our base and I started on the Monday after the closing ceremony. I worked the middle shift (between 12.30 and 5.30) – which meant no early starts or late finishes, which was useful as I was staying with friends in West Sussex – not exactly local.

I was in a team of four plus a team leader. We were a mixed bunch: different ages and interests and worked well together. Our brief was quite simple – provide information and suggestions (rather than advice) about London and where to go and what to see. Most of our enquiries were from British tourists but we did have quite a few foreign tourists – we had few language problems. Many people wanted rail information so we directed them to the Rail Information office located a few yards from us. In general we were asked “How do we get to…?” The most popular was probably “….to the Olympic Park”. While we all knew the answer to this, we were mindful that we were now in the transition period between the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to manage their expectations we had to mention that the Park was not open. It was surprising how many people thought that they could just walk in and look around the Park. The question we thought we would be asked the most actually was rarely asked: “Where are the toilets?”

A couple of people I spoke with stick in my mind. One was a lady of, shall we say, mature years, from Melbourne. She had been a volunteer during the 2006 Commonwealth Games and had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She had also worked at a winery that my wife and I had visited in the Yarra Valley just east of Melbourne so we had quite a good chat. She was a fairly frequent visitor to London and had approached us simply for a chat and not for information.

The second person was a young Asian man who wanted to travel from Waterloo Station to Canary Wharf. Quite simple – except he wanted to walk as he had plenty of time before meeting his friend there! Incidentally, it was a hot and humid day. I explained that while the walk to Tower Bridge was an interesting walk along the South Bank, once he had crossed Tower Bridge and was walking along The Highway and then the A13 the views were not particularly impressive and there would be a lot of heavy traffic and the experience would not really be very pleasant. After a bit more chat, he accepted that a walk to Tower Bridge and then to take the DLR to Canary Wharf would be a better option. It was only as he started to walk away that I noticed he had with him a large heavy suitcase – admittedly it was on wheels but ……..!!

Many people were slightly surprised that we were still working after the Olympics and we explained our role. I don’t think many people appreciated we were not Games Makers but they did appreciate we were all volunteers and thought we were doing “a wonderful job”.

I thoroughly enjoyed my five days as London Ambassador especially as it fell between the Olympics and Paralympics so bridging the gap nicely. While the training we received was appropriate, the overwhelming requirement of a London Ambassador in my view was to be friendly, approachable, have some knowledge of how to travel around London and to have common sense!

The UK and London in particular has had a fantastic summer of celebration and sport which will be remembered for a very long time – and it was fantastic to be a part of it. I was also a Games Maker at the Paralympic 5-a-side football and my wife was also a Games Maker and London Ambassador. We were fortunate in obtaining tickets to several sessions in the Athletics Stadium during both Olympic and Paralympic Games. We were well ingrained with the Olympic Spirit! The whole experience has just been unbelievable and one that I will never forget.

Richard Dear