We got on the subway, the red line that ends at the stadium lusail, with capacity for 80,000 people. The wagon was filled and the Argentines jump and shout: “Come on, let’s go selection today we came to encourage you to be champion today we have to win”.
A few hours before the first match of the national team in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, their rival, Saudi Arabia, it is said “local” despite the Argentine mobilization, and last night made a massive banner in the Saudi House -the house Saudi Arabia-. They hope to summon around 35,000 fans for the game at 07:00.
The arrival of the Saudis in Qatari territory was partly by car on the only land border that the organizing country has. While another large portion traveled by plane. Once assembled, they intend to go on foot, in caravanto the match venue in the modern stadium lusail with capacity for around 80,000 people.
“I love Saudi Arabia, but you have Messi, the best in history”, he told THE NATION one of the fans Another group of fans expressed their opinion about the level that is expected from their team and maintained that the Saudi Arabian team will have a good level to face Lionel Scaloni’s team.
Thousands of Argentines “research” their arrival in Qatar, to be able to attend the soccer world championship that has Argentina among the candidate countries to win the cup. As Mauro Pulia does, who arrived from Caballito after passing through Paris and Egypt, and brought the “Messian Camel” for those who want to take a photo that charges five dollars or euros. “Not to tourists, not to Argentines. It costs nothing to the Spanish, English or Yankees, ”he says to THE NATION and lets out a laugh.
In the end, everything turned out as expected. There were no disturbances or anything out of the ordinary. And after a few hours the thousands of supporters gave color to the Qatari midday, they endured intense heat and even had the jealous attention of a member of the Argentine embassy who, when he warned that what is considered a transgression was taking place here (such as taking off his shirt and keeping his torso bare) asked the fans to put them on to avoid problems.
Yesterday, from Doha local noon, around 2000 Argentine fans gathered in “El Reloj” that marked the countdown to the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Facing the bay area, on the Corniche avenue, flags, drums and t-shirts they made themselves felt strongly. There, the fans who came from Argentina and other parts of the world sang the hits that will be heard today at the lusail stadiumin the match against Saudi Arabia which starts at 7:00 a.m.
The clearest mark of the madness of these sympathizers who traveled more than 30 hours and endured endless combinations to reach this city translates into engraved on the skin with the image of Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986 or of Messi with the latest conquest of America with the legend “I saw you win it”.