And that’s a wrap! The 2018 FIFA World Cup kept us glued to our screens as we watched Croatia unexpectedly make it to the finals with France,
top football nations’ World Cup hopes dashed prematurely
and Brazil’s Neymar roll around in ‘agony’, time and again.
As yet another World Cup installment of the Beautiful Game comes to an end,
many of us are going to feel just a little spare these chilly winter evenings without our vuvuzelas. We weren’t lucky enough to have a front-row seat at this year’s event, but that doesn’t mean we should drop the ball for 2020 in Qatar.
If you think World Cup travel, or any international football event for that matter, is beyond your reach, you haven’t heard of Flight Centre’s Stokvel https://www.flightcentre.co.za/stokvel
Get your soccer-mad mates together and create your own Stokvel group to contribute towards your goal of going to an international match or the next World Cup. With a minimum of three and maximum of 30 members, signing up for Flight Centre Travel Stokvel is simpler than Messi missing a goal, or 11 (yes, that really did happen).
All you need to do is complete an application form at your nearest Flight Centre branch and include the signature of each member. Deposit the minimum amount of R500 and your Stokvel is up and running. Provided the amount of R500 is retained in your account at all times, Stokvel members can withdraw the funds for any use at any time, not just to book travel. It’s a secure way to start raising funds for your trip to see your Football Greats.
Feeling inspired to kick-start your savings? Here’s our selection for bucket-list international football fixtures you should be setting your sights on:
Premier Soccer League
Soccer fever hits our screens from August as the ABSA Premiership kicks off. From Cape Town to Nelson Mandela Bay, Pietermaritzburg to Polokwane, there’s every reason why you should stop being a couch supporter and book your spot in the stands.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Watch as 24 teams battle it out for supremacy next June and July in Cameroon, the winners of the last African Cup of Nations.
2020 UEFA Euro
Held in 12 cities in 12 different European countries from 12 June to 12 July 2020, UEFA Euro 2020 is celebrating its 60th birthday which is why so many different nations are going to be hosting this one.
UEFA Champions League Final
Head to Madrid in June 2019 to watch the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final, the final match of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champion’s League.
FA Cup Final
London plays host to the FA Cup Final in May 2019. The FA Cup begins in August with an Extra Preliminary Round, so there are plenty of matches to watch throughout the tournament, not just the final.
2022 FIFA World Cup
With direct flights from South Africa to Qatar, this one’s got to be in your sights, plus if you start now, you’ve got four years to plan. This is the 22nd edition of the World Cup and will be held in November/ December instead of the usual June/ July period, with the final scheduled for 18th December.