Bangladesh is rated No 157 in the Fifa world rankings, but that means nothing to how seriously they take their football. Recently, students of Bangadesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), the leading engineering institution in the country, demanded that the summer vacation be brought forward by seven days so that they could watch the World Cup on television. When it was not done, they resorted to stone-throwing and window-smashing which left at least four students injured. The authorities have since closed Buet indefinitely. Meanwhile, factories in Dhaka have been ordered to suspend evening operations to ensure that the power-starved, football-crazy country has enough electricity to watch the World Cup.
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