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The World Cup for Asia: A Celebration of the World

The World Cup for Asia: A Celebration of the World

In Asian Town, Workers Who Built the World Cup Gather to Watch It Go

For nearly two decades, the men and women who work to make soccer happen in Asia have watched matches from afar, often with growing trepidation.

Their work is critical to not only the development of soccer in a continent that has never won a major international title but to the very future of the game itself.

The men and women behind all the work around the World Cup, however, have faced no such hesitation.

“We’re not worried. We work with the same spirit that we work with. It’s just a different time and different people, and we’re always with the people that are doing the work.”

As the curtain goes up on the most important World Cup in more than 70 years, a small group of Asian-based sports journalists and volunteers gathered in a restaurant to watch the matches live.

They are among those who spent their entire lives building the sport for Asia. Some of them are now here, in the moment, watching the sport from a different continent.

“This World Cup has given me the opportunity to be a part of what we’ve never had before,” said one volunteer, who asked not to be named. “This is more than just a sporting event, it’s a celebration of the world, of Asia, and the world and Asia.”

In its 24-year history, the World Cup has been played in Europe and South America, South Africa, Australia, Japan, the United States, Canada, Russia, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland.

This time, however, the tournament is in Russia for the first time, and as the games begin, the work to build and host the World Cup for Asia is gathering the passion of not just the volunteer staff, but also an army of workers across the continent.

“This is not just the game, this is the game with everybody,” said an Asian World Cup volunteer. “We’re here to get together and celebrate and to know that we’re supporting something that is bigger than soccer.”

The volunteers, who work on everything from venue design and construction to training and

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