On Bangabandhu Avenue, the plethora of flags may make it look like a world’s fair
In the old quarters of Dhaka, streets have been painted shades of red and blue, a multi-coloured hue, celebrating the World Cup
Whereas most fans in Bangladesh tend to hoist flags of countries they support, streets of Kolta Bazar are painted lively colours with football motifs
The celebrations in Kolta Bazar caught the attention of Fifa, and the supreme football governing body acknowledged Bangladesh’s remarkable love for the game despite never having played in the World Cup
If you look hard, just hard enough, you might just be able to pick out flags of countries which qualified for the World Cup
Kolta Bazar has seen ecstatic celebrations after World Cup matches
Kolta Bazar hosted Goal-e-fest, lovable double-entendre aside, it was a celebration of love for the game and an opportunity for people to share their excitement
The 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia has seen countless overtures of passion, devotion, and dedication to football teams around the world
Few countries can claim to love football without even playing in the World Cup. Bangladesh is among those rare countries. Our passion for the sport is without any equals in neighbouring countries.
When a beloved icon like Messi or Neymar takes a shot, the country holds its breath. Half hoping it scores, the other half vehemently praying it is denied.
All photos taken by Syed Zakir Hossain.