Self-proclaimed local soccer enthusiast Kevin O’Donnell has commenced preparations for yet another World Cup campaign by trying to learn the names of more than three Socceroos players and re-attempting to get his head around the offside rule. O’Donnell commenced preparations early this morning after Australia’s official qualification last night.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, O’Donnell said, “It was looking a bit dicey for a while there, so I didn’t really commit to any preparations until I knew for sure that ‘we’ were going to make it. I kicked things off late last night with a self-indulgent social media post to remind the friends how keen I am on the ‘world game’, and then I was on Google for most of this morning just brushing up on player names, World Cup facts, and a few little nuggets of information that will give the impression of how big a fan I am. Like, did you know that most of the world actually calls it football instead of soccer?”

While the majority of his friends are unlikely to be fooled by this behaviour, one of O’Donnell’s good friends broke ranks and spoke to us on the strict condition on anonymity. He said, “Kev’s always jumping on any bandwagon he can find. He’s the world’s biggest tennis aficionado for about two weeks every January, then he doesn’t speak about it for the other 50 weeks of the year. If he starts going on about the soccer now I’ll be putting him in his place real quick!”