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I am the Fifa brand ambassador for India and I’ll be in the panel of analysts on Sony Six from June 12. There will be a lot of well-versed people analysing and I am really excited about it. As a purist I must say no one plays football like the Brazilians. It’s like poetry in motion when they play. It’s beautiful. If I have to put a little money on a team...
Argentina is a very strong team. I hope Lionel Messi will come together when we need him this time. I think Spain has a pretty good chance and Belgium is the dark horse

The Northeast is humming ‘We are one’.

As the world braces for a soccer feast from Samba land, the region, several thousand miles away from Brazil, but with people as crazy for the ‘beautiful game’ as their South American counterparts, is making its own plans to stay glued to the television and be a ‘part of the action’ for most of the matches.

We say most because some matches kick-off from 3.30 in the wee hours of the morning. But it is the World Cup, arguably the biggest and most popular sporting extravaganza on terra firma and it comes once in four years. Then there are the skills of Lionel Messi or Neymar and company, who on their day can weave magic soccer fans can’t afford to miss.

So, the Northeast, which has produced teams such as Gauhati Town Club, Maharana AC, Shillong Lajong FC and may see more brilliance from the John Abraham co-owned North East Union FC later this year, is just getting started. Some are already attired in the familiar yellow (Brazil) jerseys or the blue and white stripes of rivals Argentina. Some might already be swinging to the beats of the official FIFA World Cup 2014 song ‘We are one’, you never know.

The Telegraph caught up with John Abraham, a die-hard soccer fan himself, while he was here and with a host of other fans from across the Northeast who spoke about the event and their aspirations