Football World Cup

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The football World Cup kicks off in Russia today. We asked some UZH professors which teams they would be rooting for.

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Egon Franck
Egon Franck, professor of business management and business policy. (Bild: Thomas Müller)

 

Mr Franck, “the beautiful game” – is football the best pastime in the world?

For me it’s far more than a game, because it also concerns my work: In my teaching and research as well as in practice, specifically regarding the regulation of European club football.

Will you be following the World Cup?

I’ll watch as many matches as possible on TV and I’ve got tickets for a semi-final.

Which matches will you be sure to watch?

All of Switzerland’s and Germany’s matches.

Give us a tip: Who will be world champions?

My money’s on France.

Which team are you rooting for?

I’m rooting for Germany and Switzerland.

Fabrikant
Sara Fabrikant, professor of geography. (Bild: Philipp Rohner)

 

Ms Fabrikant, “the beautiful game” – is football the best pastime in the world?

No, it’s second-best for me.

Will you be following the World Cup?

Yes, of course!

Which matches will you be sure to watch?

As many of possible of course! Sûrement tous les matchs des Bleus e todos con Brasil.
Give us a tip: Who will be world champions? Which team are you rooting for?

Allez les Bleus!

Diggelmann
Oliver Diggelmann, professor of international law. (Bild: Frank Brüderli)

 

Mr Diggelmann, “the beautiful game” – is football the best pastime in the world?

Playing football was one of the first things I could do quite well – my first love, so to speak. For me it was far more than just a pastime – I wanted to be a professional footballer.

Will you be following the World Cup?

Yes, I’m going to Kaliningrad to support Switzerland against Serbia at the top of my voice. 

Which other matches will you be sure to watch?

 I’ll watch England’s and Switzerland’s matches, so that probably means no more after the round of sixteen.

Give us a tip: Who will be world champions? Which team are you rooting for?

Despite everything: England. For once Italy won’t be there muddling through.

Luetteckens
Dorothea Lüddeckens, professor of study of religions. (Bild: MELS)

 

Ms Lüddeckens, “the beautiful game” – is football the best pastime in the world?

A pastime? Not on the pitches of FC Zürich-Affoltern and FC Unterstrass.

Will you be following the World Cup?

Yes, with a great amount of suffering – whoever loses, the disappointment is hard to bear and the hope of an underdog winning the competition is slim.

Which matches will you be sure to watch?

Those ones that draw neighbors and family together in front of the screen to celebrate and commiserate, from five-year-old Nike to 58-year-old Willi.

Give us a tip: Who will be world champions?

Hopefully an underdog.

Which team are you rooting for?

Whichever will boost my son’s mood the most – and for the weakest team.

Riedweg
Christoph Riedweg, professor of classical philology and Greek studies. (Marc Latzel)

 

Mr Riedweg, “the beautiful game” – is football the best pastime in the world?
Not really for me, but thanks to our two sons we’ve long had the Panini football-mad fever.

Will you be following the World Cup?
I’ll definitely follow the results in the newspaper (or online), but I probably won’t watch the matches on TV before the semi-finals.

Which matches will you be sure to watch? 

The grand final!

Give us a tip: Who will be world champions?

France (bonne chance!) or Brazil.

Which team are you rooting for?

“Hopp Schwyz” of course, but also “toi toi toi Deutschland”.

 

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