Every four years, the illusion is renewed. Different players, technicians and strategies. Once the South American Qualifiers are over, fans cross off the days remaining for the World Cup on the calendar, the maximum event at national team level. With its ticket secured, Argentina -with Leo Messi at the head – will look for the third star on his shield, since the last conquest was that of Mexico 1986.
The sale of tickets is usually a thermometer to measure the fervor of the fans and the national team is on the list of the four countries with the highest demand for tickets for their matches. That is why details are being finalized for a unique event in Qatar, which will feature an Argentine cruise ship that will be called the official bunker for Argentine fans.
“The floating Scaloneta” will be located in the Port of Doha for the Argentines who attend the world. The origin of the name is based on the surname of the technical director Lionel Scalloni, which achieved a strong adherence with the public. Having limited capacity, those who purchase their seat on the luxury cruise ship will have access to all three group stage matches. In other words, the package includes admission to matches against Saudi Arabia – Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m. Mexico -Saturday November 26 at 10.00- and Poland -Wednesday, November 30 at 4:00 p.m.
In dialogue with THE NATION, Gonzalo Velazquezcreator of this initiative and owner of the company Fly Travel who will be in charge of selling packages, explained: “The beginning of this idea started in August last year when I visited a friend who bought a soccer club in Greece and that institution belonged to the owner of one of the largest cruise lines in the world. I told him about the idea of setting up a cruise ship in the World Cup since in those days I was going to qatar to do a survey of what the issue of staying there was like, which was going to be a problem for those who go because of the idiosyncrasy of that country”.
As a result of past experiences in the world championships of Brazil Y Russia, Velazquez took note of the behavior of the people and began to shape the project that is soon to become official: “I saw the people who wanted to go out after the games, party in the bowling alleys, meet up, and knowing that in Qatar it will be difficult because they have a different culture, I approached this idea of having a boat for the Argentine fansto promote a kind of fan party but with cultural activities of the country, whether they are shows or musical shows and that foreigners can also have access to”.
Within what are amenities of the place, the cruise has capacity for 2840 people. It has a 12-story structure and a wide variety of amenities: internal and external double and triple cabins, swimming pools, five restaurants, twelve bars, a theater to accommodate 1500 people, spa, gym and even a soccer field on the top floor.
The estimated cost for those interested in attending “The floating Scaloneta” will be around $12,000, plus the air; otherwise, if they already have a purchased ticket, the approximate cost is $7,500 and includes tickets to the stadiums to see the Albiceleste. As a last option, the ideologue of this project, considered: “As we know that there may be problems with flights, people can pre-stop in Dubai, embark on the cruise on November 17, and arrive in Qatar two days later”.
But this is not all. In the absence of minimal details to complete the negotiations, the artist Tini Stoessel -who made his romance with the midfielder official Rodrigo DePaul– and the party Bresh the scenarios of this floating edition could be present. Added to that binomial, and under an initiative of the former soccer player Claudio Paul Caniggia, the world champion players in 1978 and 1986 will be invited to enjoy this unique experience and thus contribute one more grain of sand to support the entire Argentine delegation.
Only six months left Argentina start a new participation in a world. All the crew will be with their eyes on them, with the incentive that in the previous one, the selection conquered the America Cup and strengthened the scaffolding of a team that sells out seats in every game.