Having looked over my 27 (plus 5 days unused from last year) holiday allocation I've decided to use 10 of them to watch the group games of the world cup. Some of the games kick off at 3pm so I would miss them otherwise. After these 10 days the knock out stages begin with all games starting at 5pm and 9PM till the final which is at 8PM.
I'll be able to watch every game of the world cup now to keep up the tradition from my student days.
And if you were wondering I am going to France for a week (after the world cup) so I'm not using all my holidays this year for watching football alone!