World Cup 2022: How traveling fans gave the World Cup its soul
18 December 2022 | 12:47 pm
The controversial Qatar World Cup was a unique spectacle that divided opinion in the West. But Asian, Arab and Latin American fans gave the tournament the soul it sorely lacked.
Gaucho da Copa became a symbol of Brazilian fans after following the team to seven World Cups. Now, his sons are attending in his honor.
Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham is among the hottest talents at the Qatar World Cup. The 19-year-old has the world at his feet ahead of the tournament. Back home, his former coaches are as proud as can be.
We look at how the French and British papers are covering their nations' World Cup wins, as well as their future face-off in the quarter-finals. We also discuss the possibility of the Iranian morality police being disbanded. The South African press weighs in the political future of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
During massive zero-Covid protests that took place in China recently, Chinese state TV found witty ways to cut away from maskless football supporters in World Cup broadcasts. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Argentina fans enjoy the hospitality of a Qatari family as they eat, drink, and watch a World Cup match in the family's majlis.
Some female fans in Qatar say their World Cup experience feels safer than other tournaments because of a more conservative culture and reduced alcohol consumption.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino heaped praise on the Qatar 2022 World Cup thus far, saying teams from across the world are competitively closer than ever before with all six geographical permanently inhabited continents having representatives in the knockout stages for the first time in history.
We've seen a very different kind of fan during this World Cup in Qatar, be it for reasons of cost, travel or even politics. These changes are substantial and it's made for some dramatic changes to the ambiance and atmosphere. One of the most visible effects is perhaps what we saw after Morocco's victory over Spain: a show of immense unity in the Arab World.
From its numerous controversies to its diplomatic match-ups, the World Cup in Qatar has been a gold mine for anyone interested in the intersection between sports and diplomacy.
Eight teams are left in this year's World Cup, but only four will make it through after the weekend: a fierce and highly emotional set of quarter-final matches are to come. Can last edition's runners-up Croatia upset the mighty Brazil? And in a World Cup classic, the Netherlands will face Argentina.
The African continent finally has representation in the semifinals of a World Cup after Morocco beat Portugal in Qatar. The Atlas Lions saw off Cristiano Ronaldo and co thanks to Youssef En-Nesyri's towering header.
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