For the first time in history, the debut goal of the World Cup was scored from the penalty spot.
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20 November

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Very soon, at 19:00 Moscow time, the World Cup starts with the Qatar-Ecuador match. Initially, this game was supposed to take place on November 21, but in August FIFA postponed it a day earlier, so as not to violate the tradition according to which the tournament is opened by the team of the host country or the current owner of the Cup.

Lionel Messi is the only Argentine international who lives alone in a room in Qatar, according to Ole. This is the first time this has happened to one of the best players in history.

November 19


The national teams of Argentina and Uruguay took almost two tons of meat with them to Qatar, ESPN reports. It is worth noting that both countries are among the largest consumers of meat in the world. Particularly popular with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is asado, a popular dish in the home countries of these football players, which is made from grilled meat pieces.

November 18th

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Brazilian prophet Athos Salome, nicknamed “Living Nostradamus”, gave a prediction for the 2022 World Cup, British media reported. Salome’s opinion is worth listening to, if only because he previously predicted a coronavirus pandemic. So, “Nostradamus” is sure of two things: first, the Brazilians will not be able to win the title, second, teams from South America (most likely, Argentina) and from central Europe (France) will meet in the final. Wait and see.

For some reason, Argentinean football legend Sergio Aguero decided to fly to Qatar on the same plane with Brazilian fans. As a result – sleepless night, headaches. Well, nothing, before the first match of Argentina, Sergio will certainly be in order.

November 17

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We continue African stories. Here it turned out that the Senegal national team called for the help of the country’s best shamans, so that they cured the injured team leader Sadio Mane from Bayern. Will the witches help? We’ll find out very soon.

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Despite the absence of the Russian team in Qatar, our fans are going on a trip to the Middle East. According to the latest data, about 5,000 Russians will attend the world championship games. Some of them will fly to Doha by the start of the tournament, the rest – immediately after the group stage, when the playoffs begin.

November 16

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It turns out that Cristiano Ronaldo adheres to a special diet in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. It is based on natural products such as fish, chicken, certain vegetables, shellfish, eggs, vegetable oils and seeds, says Marca. At 37 years old, Ronaldo is still attentive to every detail. Real pro.

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By the way, good news for those who are planning a trip to Qatar: PCR tests will not be required to enter the country. In order to get to Qatar, you only need tickets for matches, accommodation reservations and a fan ID (Hayya Card), which will serve as a visa.


Time for amazing stories: the Ghana national team forgot to bring their kit to Qatar. I remember that at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Ghanaian football players refused to take the field until they were paid bonuses for participating in the tournament. In general, funny guys!

15th of November

There are only four days left before the start of the World Cup. Meanwhile, in Doha, the temperature is now 27 degrees Celsius. And this is in the middle of November. We envy silently.

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Hi all! The correspondent of the sports department of “RG” Artur Nanyan is in touch with you. In our online diary, as part of a special project dedicated to the World Cup, I will tell and show you from Qatar how the most unusual tournament in history takes place. It is really unique, if only because the world championship matches will take place in winter for the first time.

On this page, my colleagues and I will share with you what remains behind the scenes – how those involved in the World Cup live and work, how hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world spend their leisure time in Doha, what football players talk about on the sidelines and how the local population lives .

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