Despite fears about hooligans ahead of the World Cup in 2018, Australian supporters have found friendly hosts and efficient organisation
Les Street, a Melbourne-based football historian, was having difficulties entering the Fisht Stadium in Sochi prior to Australia’s clash with Germany on Monday. It was not that the stadium was poorly signposted, or that the ticketing system had malfunctioning. Street was simply proving too popular with the locals.
“Before I could even get into the ground I was interviewed twice by Russian television stations,” says the bemused 38-year-old. “Then I had people stopping me for selfies.”