Assamese fan to auction off bottle.
By The American Bazaar Staff
NEW DELHI: Dedicated sports fans all have a little quirk that they hang to which they believe has the power to influence if their chosen team will win a game or not, but one German soccer fan in India has spent 20 years waiting to unearth a bottle of scotch just so he can drink it only when his favorite team wins the FIFA World Cup.
Assam’s Putul Borah buried a bottle of scotch in his backyard all the way back in 1994, vowing never to dig it back up unless Germany wins the most prestigious title in all of soccer. On Sunday, that finally came true, after a grueling match against Argentina that went into extra time and didn’t see a single goal scored until more than 100 minutes into the game.
Speaking to The Times of India, Borah (53) explained that he buried the bottle of scotch after being heartbroken by Germany’s quarterfinal loss to Bulgaria during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 2002, Germany nearly won the tournament, but lost to Brazil in the finals by a margin of 2-0, forcing Borah to become so distraught that he gave up drinking altogether, pending a German finals victory.
Now, that day has come, and Borah’s bottle of scotch – the type of which has not been revealed publicly – will finally see the light of day after spending two decades beneath the Guwahati soil. However, Borah says he’s not going to pop it open and take a sip; he’ll be auctioning it off, capitalizing on the fame that the bottle has accrued over the years.
A businessman if there ever was one, Borah has not revealed details about when and where this auction will be. But for someone who, according to The Hindustan Times, has been following German soccer since he first bought a television in the 1980s, Sunday’s game is the beginning of happy days in the wake of Germany’s fantastic World Cup win.
That is, until 2018, when the entire worldwide soccer circus will begin yet again.