Chairman, Unit Trust of India
To me, Brazil is the most exciting team. They always have a good side and always play good football. Even Spain and some countries from the Continent, for instance teams from Africa, will be enjoyable to watch. The Africans play the game naturally and that is interesting to watch. I dont have any specific favourite player. I like not just one or two players. I have many favourites. There is Beckham from England, Figo from Portugal and also Raul from Spain.
In the last World Cup, I found the game in which Croatia lost to the eventual winners, France, the most rivetting. This time around, I cannot narrow down the winners as yet. If France can play in the first round without injury, then they have a good chance. But their players have played too much football and are tired. Argentina certainly has a fairly strong possibility of winning.
Football is easily appealing to spectators. It is an inexpensive game with no external aids, except boots, unlike other sports, which require a racket, hockey stick or cricket bat. There is far more poetry and artistry involved here, which was ably found in players from the past like Maradona, Ferenc Puskas of Hungary and Gary Linekar of England. Hence its popularity.
Group resident director & national creative director, Ogilvy & Mather
My favourite team is undoubtedly Brazil, for they always let me down! I have always supported the underdogs. I dont know which team qualifies for this title this year, but it will be clear after the first 10 days of the World Cup. In the previous two World Cups, it was Ecuador and Cameroon.
As for my favourite players, I like all the players from Argentina. Now that Ronaldo from Brazil is back, lets see what he is up to. Then there is Zinedine Zidane from France. Also Beckham from England. I am including his name just to be politically correct as he endorses Castrol and that happens to be our account.
I will still root for Brazil for their style of playing. With Ronaldo back, one cannot say much.
Anand S Gupta
CEO, South Asia, Best Western Hotels
COO, Choice Hotels India
However, Ill watch them at home. There should be a division between office and entertainment. At home, I have a 25-inch BPL colour TV with an excellent sound system. I would love to see the matches live on that large screen. I believe it is always better to watch the matches on TV sitting at home and with your family, rather than going to the stadia, because on TV, you can closely follow every movement of the players and the ball. However, you need to have a good sound system in your TV so that you can distinctly hear spectators shout in the stadiumit is a different experience altogether! I am not making any special arrangements for employees to watch the matches at officeit will spoil their work.
CEO, Hutchison Essar
As told to Sulekha Nair, Rajkumar Leishemba and Srikumar Bondyopadhyay