Photos: Football fever sweeps Kerala, so what if India isn’t at FIFA 2018?

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The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia today, but visitors to Kerela these past days may well have mistaken the southern state as the host for this year with the sort of football frenzy on display. The Nipah viral outbreak that claimed 17 lives in north Kerala had put a damper on spirits but football fever is back in full force. Houses have taken on the colours of their residents’ favourite teams, flags festoon marketplaces filled with merchandise and some fans have even taken up the names of their favourite footballers for the month long duration of the Word Cup.
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