A glimpse of blue sky
In a press conference we immediately see who has met again, or not, for the next match. On Sunday, Ibrahima Konaté and Eduardo Camavinga were the two Blues who answered questions from journalists, including those from our Australian colleagues. And when one of them asked Konaté if he knew any Socceroos, the Liverpool defender played straight. ” Not at all. I don’t know any of them unfortunately. »
Our fellow Aussie had no more success with Camavinga when he pitched it to Aaron Mooy: “You played against him in the Champions League and he’s bald like me. » Despite this fairly accurate description, the Real player could not question Mooy. But the former Stade Rennes player assures that he and his teammates have seriously studied their first opponent on video. For names, it’s something else.
warm in front
Senegal – Netherlands and England-Iran
Scheduled for 5pm (Paris time), the Senegal – Holland match could be worth the detour for anyone leaving the office a little earlier than usual. Announced as one of the teams to follow during this World Cup, the African formation arrives without its guide and head coach, Sadio Mané, who has a fibula injury and is out for three months. Without Bayern Munich’s number 10, the Teranga Lions will have a hard time against the Dutch unbeaten in fifteen games – twelve wins for three draws – but deprived of Memphis Depay, who has been absent from the field since September with a thigh injury.
It will also be interesting to keep an eye on the duel between England and Iran, played just before (14:00). Especially in the pre-game. On 27 September, Iranian players wore a black parka during a friendly match against Senegal, hiding the shirt crest during anthems. A symbolic action to protest against the repression of demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested by police in Tehran for wearing the headscarf “inappropriate”.
Enner Valencia had no time to lose
5 – Enner Valencia have scored each of Ecuador’s last 5 World Cup goals. Solo Eusébio (Portugal 196… https://t.co/rOzG8llIML
31 minutes: that’s the time it took Enner Valencia to score a brace against Qatar (0-2) at the start of the competition and dampen the host nation’s hopes for a baptism of fire during a World Cup. The Fenerbahçe (Turkey) player, top scorer in the history of his selection, even scored his country’s last five wins during the final stages of the World Cup. Will he be able to maintain the same standards against the Netherlands on 25 November and Senegal on 29 November?
water in the gas
The empty stands of the Al-Bayt stadium
Qatar-Ecuador, 70th minute of the game #qatecu https://t.co/xpZ5qRmKt1
At the final whistle, the stands of the Al-Bayt stadium seemed very deserted. And for good reason: many supporters of Al-Annabi (“Bordeaux”), the host country’s selection, bowed out at half-time when their side were trailing in scores. On Monday morning, the Qatari press echoed the “Nightmare Starts” of his World Cup.
24 degrees and… the air conditioning on
With 24°C displayed on the thermometer and a light breeze, the weather conditions on Sunday looked quite optimal… And yet: the Al-Bayt stadium, which hosted the opening match of this 2022 World Cup, was really well air-conditioned.
La’eeb in the spotlight
Since the late 1960s, it has been impossible to organize a major international sporting event without an official mascot. Sunday’s World Cup opening ceremony brought together all the old favorites from previous editions – from Pique, the Mexican jalapeno, to Naranjito, the Spanish orange – before arriving at Qatar’s keffiyeh’s Al-Bayt Stadium, La ‘eeb (meaning “very talented player in Arabic”).
Doha in the eye
Hats off to the fans
The shop is tucked away in a corner of the Souq Waqif metro station in the tourist center of Doha. Offers traditional Qatari headdresses in the colors of the World Cup qualifying countries, ghutra customized. In the open air, in the heart of the market, more and more enthusiasts from all over the world have begun to flock to the Qatari capital as a result of having succumbed to this cultural fusion. The heat and the sun are valid purchase arguments.
With or without headdresses, the Ecuadorians, whose selection played the opening match, were the most numerous in Doha on Saturday November 19, well supported by fellow Latin Americans, Argentines or Mexicans (who remain confident in their sombrero). An impressive Tunisian contingent, a large local community residing in the country, already promises a promising atmosphere for the match between France and Tunisia on November 30th.
In the midst of all this colorful crowd, we see a few Croatians, some English, some Danes or some Americans. Qataris are discreet on the streets.