THE World Cup may be going onthousands of miles away in South Africa, but fans from teams all around the world live in Huddersfield.
The University of Huddersfield has students from about 130 countries and they have gathered to talk about their World Cup hopes ... and fears as the tournament kicks off.
Marian Verbenik, 22, and Pavol Klink, 22, from Slovakia said they were excited their country had qualified this year.
Pavol said: “It’s the first finals in the World Cup since the break up of Czechoslovakia so we’re playing for ourselves this time – we’re on our own.
“Just qualifying is a big thing and we’re really excited about it because it’s such a big competition and it’s only every four years.”
Marian added: “I keep saying to my English friends that we’re going to go to the quarter finals and play England.
“Then it will go to shoot-outs and we’ll kick out England.”
Marian and Pavol have been trawling the internet looking for official Slovakia football shirts to buy, but they can’t find any.
Pavol said: “It’s probably because Slovakia is such a small country.
“Maybe after this World Cup it will change as football gets more popular.”
Instead, the duo have hung their distinctive red and blue Slovakian flags out of their windows at the student village.
Marian said: “A couple of English people actually got quite annoyed and didn’t really like it.”
The pair are confident their country have a chance of success, and agree their best player is Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel.
Dimitris Doukakis from Greece said he didn’t think his country would be lifting the cup.
The 29-year-old said: “I don’t think we’ve got much chance – I think Spain will win.
“We will be supporting our team in a big way just like the rest of the world.”
Isabelle Guinard from France said she was betting on Spain to win.
She said: “France have got a good team but I don’t think they will win.
“They have some good payers but they are not able to play well together.
“I will bet on Spain or Brazil to win.
“We’re going to go into town to watch the football in the pub and soak up some of the British atmosphere.”
Fellow Francophone Aurelien Guyomar, 24, from Switzerland said ice hockey was more popular in his country.
American Lorien Hollingworth said in the USA people tended to watch the American Football and baseball rather than football.
Nigerian supporters Chigozie Usoh, and Chima Agazue were confident their country could win.
Chigozie, 26, said: “Football is very popular. Everyone is interested and excited and there’s a big party atmosphere back home.”
Styve Feuzeu from Cameroon thought Samuel Eto’o would lead his country’s team, nicknamed The Indomitable Lions, to victory.
Sue Staples, head of the university’s International and European office, said: “Over the last few years our student population has expanded and diversified to include more and more different nationalities as the popularity of the university and the town spreads across the world.’’