The most wonderful thing about the World Cup is that it’s a carnival. Not in the modern “Oh, this is a great opportunity to get Instagram photos and pretend I’m a famous person” sense of the word, but more like the medieval “Let’s reverse all our social roles, suspend our norms about desired behavior, lose our everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity while pouring libations” understanding.
At no other event is the idea of cosmopolitanism so self-evident. It’s a glorious coming together of our world with soccer serving as the unifying banner, and it only happens once every four years.
Get ready for the carnival in Russia with these photos of World Cup rowdies.