Russia, the home of Ladas, vodka and a great big steaming pile of Bolsheviks, if the Russians are to pull together the world’s greatest sports tournament they’ll need a few ground rules. And because it’s Russia they’ll probably want booze. Lots of booze.
Hang on a minute, games…? rules…? booze…? That sounds like a World Cup drinking game to us. Grab your shot glasses and one of those furry Russian hats while we give you a rundown of the rules and then let’s kick it in the Cossacks!
- A goal is scored – One finger of beer.
- Russia score – In unison, everybody must shout “Nostrovia!”
- England score – Do ‘The Floss’.
- Red card – Stand up and wave ‘Dasvidanya’ to the player as he walks.
- Yellow card – Drink a shot of vodka.
- Marcus Rashford starts/is subbed on – The youngest member of your group drinks a shot of vodka.
- Pundits argue and it gets awkward – Perform the ‘awkward turtle’ in unison (Google it). The last person to do so must drink a shot of vodka.
- Dele Alli scores – Do a Dele Alli handshake with the drinker next to you.
- No drinking at half time – Anyone caught drinking must turn their shirt inside-out for the rest of the game.
- Commentator mispronounces a player’s name – The last person to shout, “Fedor Kudryashov” must drink a shot.
- Harry Kane claims a goal that wasn’t his – Confiscate somebody else’s drink.
- Harry Kane scores a goal that was actually his – Give the drink back.
- God Save the Queen plays – Line up and hold your hands on your chests, dutifully mouthing along.
- Goal scored in extra time – Order a White Russian.
- Brazil score – Stand up and samba until the goal celebrations stop.
- Any ‘From Russia with Love’ references – Do your best Sean Connery impression.
- Own goal – Get up and dance like a Cossack (YouTube it if you’re unsure).
- Penalty shootout – Drink three fingers. Through a straw.
- The game ends – Everyone must shaked hands and swap shirts with the drinker next to them.
- The team you’re supporting win – Order a Moscow Mule.
It’s going to be a long month with a lot of matches to be played (64 to be exact) so always pace yourselves and never be afraid to substitute in some soft drinks. Our World Cup Drinking Game is all about enhancing the festival of football, not getting blind drunk. The only place you should be staring is the TV, not the ceiling (unless it’s an England penalty shootout, then you have our express permission to look absolutely anywhere other than the screen).
64 games, 32 countries, 31 days, 12 stadiums, 11 cities, 1 host nation. Let the FIFA World Cup 2018 begin!
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