WORLD CUP BOOSTS CONSUMTION IN BANGLADESH

CNC
Added On May 31, 2018

It's just two weeks until the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia.

 
The tournament is expected to lift finances around the world, as fans rush out to buy everything to support their team...
 
...even in nations that aren't playing.
 
CNC went to Bangladesh to investigate more.
 
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Bangladesh might not have qualified for the World Cup finals - but that doesn't mean the locals aren't going football crazy.
 
With just a fortnight to go, shopping has started gaining momentum here as fans stock up on ways to support their teams.
 
Downtown, hawkers fill the busy streets. They sell jerseys with the names of iconic players and flags that will soon fly from homes, schools, and the rooftops of cars and buses.
 
SOUNDBITE(BENGALI): MOHAMMAD FAZLU, Flag Maker
"My name is Mohammad Fazlu. I make flags, I've been doing this for 18 years. I can make flags of all the countries in the world. I like this work.During the FIFA World Cup, we hardly sleep."
 
Traders say the buying spree will continue right up to the Final on July 15th.
 
To meet demand, Gulistan streets are also flooded with products specially imported from China.
 
SOUNDBITE(BENGALI): MASUD RAIHAN, Importer
"We have imported accessories from China on occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Chinese accessories are good quality. They are luxury prints. There is huge demand for such Chinese products. We can sell a lot."
 
It's big business. Raihan estimates he can sell two thousand flags a day. With those of Brazil and Argentina the favourites.
 
SOUNDBITE(BENGALI): ISHTIAQ AHMED SHUVO, Football Fan
"These flags come from China. They are very good quality. They are very nice. The price is very low. I like them very much."
 
Despite having a population of 163 million people, the Bangladesh national football team is ranked 197 - 11th from bottom - and one place below the tiny city of Gibraltar.
 
So for now, locals sport the flags of their second teams, like Argentina and Brazil.
 
If Bangladesh ever did qualify - then the flag sellers really would have a busy Summer.