Why are Argentines such ardent World Cup fans?
Argentina arguably has the World Cup’s most fervent fans, known for their rhythmical singing, incessant drumming and trance-like ferocity. The country’s history of success at the World Cup — champions in 1978 and 1986, and runners-up three times — is rivaled by few. This fervor will only grow as Lionel Messi leads Argentina against defending champion France in Sunday’s final in Qatar. The World Cup is followed almost everywhere — Brazil to Belgium, Morocco to Mexico, and Saudi Arabia to Spain. But few fans are as intense Argentina’s, or as large in numbers in Qatar. “Above that, people are quite proud of that intensity,” said Santiago Alles, who teaches political science at the University of San Andres in Argentina. “This is something that we are good at, and we care the most about it.” NATIONAL PRIDE Inflation in Argentina is running at 100%, unemployment is high and economic growth is slow, and politics are rancorous. But none of that matters during the World Cup. Even opposition political parties call a truce, knowing there is only space for upbeat talk about soccer. “For a country in the global South, opportunities to defeat the global North are not that frequent,” Alles said. “The World Cup is an opportunity to do that. The national pride is not something you can take away.” Alles noted that social media in Argentina has shown Japanese fans in Qatar imitating Argentina’s style of cheering, copying the melodies, the pounding drums, and adding improvised lyrics in Japanese. Read more: FIFA World Cup 2022: Messi seeks history with Argentina “We are exporting our way of watching games to other places -- faraway places with entirely different cultures,” Alles said. “There is some pride there.” Alles acknowledged he cannot explain entirely why soccer “holds a pervasive presence in social life,” but it’s omnipresent. “And it has been that way for at least a century,” Alles added. “I saw a picture of a large crowd listening to the 1930 World Cup on the radio.” Neighboring Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 in the first World Cup final, that one at Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. IN THE DNA From sunrise to sunset, in office talk or chatting with friends, the first and last topic in Argentina is often soccer. “This is a culture where soccer is related with almost every activity in our life,” said Pablo Ava, who teaches sociology at the University of Buenos Aires. “It’s not only passion, but identification. The passion you see in Qatar reflects the passion you see for clubs at a local level.” Buenos Aires is home to one of the greatest club rivalries: Boca Juniors versus River Plate. Racing Club, among the so-called “Big Five” clubs in Argentina, was strongly supported by former President Juan Domingo Peron. And the stadium was named for him. “Soccer is important,” Ava said. “It’s part of our conversation. It’s part of our life. Part of our family tradition. Part of our DNA. There is a very strong identification between soccer and your personal life.” THE POLITICS Mauricio Macri was the president of Boca Juniors, which helped propel him to the election as mayor of the capital Buenos Aires, and then the presidency of Argentina (2015-19). Other politicians are directly — or indirectly — connected to many clubs. Sergio Massa, the country’s economy minister, has been a leader at Tigre club and gets some credit for helping get it promoted to the first division. “Marci showed up in politics, not as an entrepreneur. He showed up as Boca Juniors president who won 17 cups (tournaments),” Ava said. “So many people start seeing soccer teams as a trampoline to a career in politics. “Soccer and politics have started to have a strong marriage because you get good exposure on TV and if you are a success in soccer you can take that success to the public,” Ava added. The opposite is also true. Macri attended Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago in the opening match of group play at the World Cup. At home, Macri was seen as bringing bad luck. Consequently, current President Alberto Fernandez has said he will not attend the final. “He is not going to risk his presidency and show up at the last game in Qatar,” Ava said. UNIFYING FACTOR Argentines can disagree on everything, but the national soccer team is a unifying force like nothing else. “In a country that’s highly factious, it the factor that unites everyone,” Mark Jones, who studies Latin American politics at Rice University in Houston, told The Associated Press. “The team usually does well and it’s something to be associated with.” Read more: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Argentina beat Poland 2-0 to top Group C The only other unifier that’s as strong is Argentina’s claim over the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas in Spanish), located off the country’s Atlantic coast but under British control. Argentina fought a brief war over the islands in 1982 and lost. “Argentines see the country has having gone downhill over the last 75 years, and they see their standard of living is significantly worse than it was three or four year ago,” Jones said. “So they are looking for something to be optimistic about — to be happy about — something to hold on to. The national team, the World Cup, provides that.” Ava, the sociologist, said Argentines are not “caring now to talk about the inflation, the unemployment, because we are going through something that looks more important — and least for a few more days. Politics has to take a little break to let soccer carry on.”
Arab fans in Qatar rally behind Morocco
Moroccans in Qatar are feeling the love from across the Arab world ahead of their country’s World Cup clash with Spain on Tuesday. After their own teams were eliminated from the first World Cup in the Middle East, many Qatari, Saudi and Tunisian fans in Doha are now rallying behind Morocco — the last Arab team left in the tournament. At Marrakech, a Moroccan restaurant in Doha, some employees were moved by the outpouring of support. Some even dared to dream big for the national team. “All Arab countries felt the joy for us and helped us feel the joy,” Yassin al- Youssfi said as he poured Moroccan tea wearing the team’s bright red shirt. “I hope this feeling lasts when we hold up the cup. It will be held by Moroccan hands.” The Atlas Lions clinched first place in Group F ahead of 2018 finalist Croatia and semifinalist Belgium, reaching the round of 16 in a World Cup for the first time since 1986. One more victory for Morocco would mean the country’s first trip to the quarterfinals. Morocco’s success caused an outpouring of joy in the Arab world. Celebrations spread from Gaza City to Cairo. In Doha, the Moroccan community felt at home. “In any place in Qatar, you’d find people congratulating you and cheering for you,” said Naouel Farih, chef at the Marrakech restaurant. “It gives a person so much pride and happiness that the Moroccan team reached the last 16.” Fans draped in Morocco’s national flag gathered in Doha’s Souq Waqif bazaar on Sunday and danced late into the night in an impromptu street party. Some chanted in Arabic: “Congratulations to us on this beginning! It will go on and on!” Read more: Flashes of Arab unity at World Cup after years of discontent “I feel like I am in Morocco!” said Ibrahim Boutahar, a Moroccan fan who lives in Doha and joined the dancing, chanting and ululating crowd. “The vibe is Moroccan, the music ... the rituals.” The support from other Arab and African countries has been welcomed also by fans watching the World Cup from home in Morocco. Kadr Ighiri, a 51-year-old working in human resources in Casablanca, said he believes that backing has provided a boost for the team and will help it against Spain on Tuesday. The Moroccan players “feel like they are playing at home,” Ighiri said. “That is key.” Read more: Arabs unite in celebration as Morocco advances in World Cup
Argentina vs Mexico FIFA World Cup 2022 LIVE Streaming: Where, how to watch online and on TV, predicted XI
Here you can get all the details as to When, Where, and How you can watch the FIFA World Cup 2022 between Argentina and Mexico Live Streaming. Argentina, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, will look to get their campaign back on track when they face familiar foe Mexico on Sunday. Lionel Messi and company are coming off of that shocking 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia and have no more margin for error as they aim to position themselves in the top two of Group C ahead of their final match against Poland. Mexico are also looking for their first win but are sitting in a better position after drawing Poland in the opener. Argentina and Mexico played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups knockout stages with the South Americans winning both. Where and how to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Argentina vs. Mexico live online? Where and how to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Argentina vs. Mexico live in Bangladesh? 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De Paul, 5. Paredes, 17. Gomez — 10. Messi, 22. Martinez, 11. Di Maria Mexico projected lineup vs Argentina (4-3-3, right to left): 13. Ochoa (GK) — 19. Sanchez, 3. Montes, 15. Moreno, 23.Gallardo — 16. Herrera, 4. Alvarez, 24. Chavez — 22. Lozano, 20. Martin, 10. Vega ons since losing 2-0 to Brazil in the Copa America 2019. Argentina vs. Mexico Head-to-Head Record The stage is set for the clash between two footballing giants, Argentina and Mexico in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. They both are drawn in Group C and will be looking to register their first win at this world cup. Argentina wins: 16 Mexico wins: 5 Draws: 14 Argentina goals: 57 Mexico goals: 34 Prediction: Argentina vs Mexico After looking to recent matches stats and team performances As per Shiva sports news expert prediction for today’s 26th November FIFA World Cup game Argentina are upper hand as they have 65 percent winning chances over to Mexico line up.
World Cup fans put off by prices, beer limits commute by air
Travel at this World Cup was supposed to be easy in the tiny host nation of Qatar, after fans had to take long flights between cities at the last three tournaments. The eight stadiums in Qatar are in or near the capital, so fans don’t have to go too far to get to matches — in theory. The country billed its World Cup as environmentally sustainable in part because of how compact it is, but the reality is quite different. Tens of thousands of foreign fans are turning to shuttle flights between Doha and neighboring Dubai for a number of reasons — high hotel prices, a scarcity of accommodation and alcohol limits. It might sound extreme, expensive and environmentally questionable, but the daily flights have become a popular choice as fans opt to sleep somewhere other than Qatar. Dubai, the freewheeling commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates, is the region’s top destination outside Doha. State airlines like FlyDubai, the emirate’s budget carrier, are marshaling resources, operating 10 times the number of usual flights to Doha. Neighboring Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia also have organized air shuttles to cash in on the World Cup tourism boom. Every few minutes, a Boeing or Airbus rumbles overhead Doha’s old airport. The concept of air shuttles isn’t new to the Gulf, where many who live and work in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia or dry Kuwait hop over to Dubai for the weekend to drink freely and have fun in the glittering metropolis. Unlike fans who had to take long-distance flights at the World Cups in South Africa (2010), Brazil (2014) and Russia (2018), the Dubai-Doha route is shorter in most cases. But short flights, often defined as trips shorter than 500 kilometers (311 miles), are more polluting than long ones per person for every kilometer traveled because of how much fuel is used for take off and landing. Read more: Qatar World Cup: No alcohol sales permitted at stadiums More than a dozen World Cup fans interviewed Thursday who chose to stay in neighboring countries said it came down to cost. Many couldn’t find an affordable place to sleep in Doha, or any place at all. As hotel prices soared in the months leading up to the tournament, frugal fans scrambled for spots in Qatar’s far-flung fan villages filled with canvas tents or shipping containers. “We wanted to stay for five days in Doha. But it was too expensive. We didn’t want those weird fan zones,” said Ana Santos, a Brazilian fan arriving at Doha’s airport on Thursday with her husband. “In Dubai, we found a fancy hotel for not too much money. ... The flights are so crowded so we’re not the only ones.” After eight years of lying idle, Doha’s former airport is back to life as thousands of shuttle flight passengers squeeze through its halls. On Thursday, Qataris in traditional dress passed out juicy dates and Arabic coffee to arriving fans who cheered and snapped photos while draped in their national flags. Other fans on shuttle flights were turned off by Qatar’s alcohol restrictions. The city’s few hotels are almost the only places allowed to serve alcohol, after a last-minute ban on beer in stadiums. Doha’s sole liquor store is open only to Qatari residents with an official permit. Meanwhile Dubai’s pulsing nightclubs, pubs, bars and other tourist spots are awash with spirits — and at lower prices than in Doha, where a single beer goes for $14 at the official fan festival. Even in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates’ more conservative capital, tourists can buy alcohol at liquor stores without a license. “We want to have a Dubai experience. That’s more interesting for us,” said Bernard Boatengh Duah, a doctor from western Ghana who bought an all-inclusive Dubai hotel package that gives him match-day flights, as well as unlimited food and alcohol. “We wanted more freedom.” Many fans described the shuttles as a fairly seamless process — arriving at the Dubai airport less than an hour before takeoff, zipping through lines without luggage and flying for about 50 minutes before landing in Doha just in time for their game. But others found it stressful and draining. “These are long days. It’s exhausting,” said Steven Carroll, a lab technician from Wales, whose flight back to Dubai was delayed an hour, returning him to his Dubai hotel worn-out at 4.a.m after a 24-hour day. “The problem is you have to arrive in Qatar a good while before the match and you have to allow even more time to go through the airport.” Fernando Moya, a 65-year-old Ecuador fan from New York, said he regretted flying in from Abu Dhabi. A technical problem with his friends’ Hayya cards, which act as Qatar entry visas, stranded his companions in the UAE capital. Read more: FIFA World Cup begins with host Qatar facing Ecuador Moya spent his Thursday speaking to customer service in the Doha airport and shelled out nearly $2,000 to fly them over on a new flight. “The logistics of this whole system are very complicated for people,” he said. The airport on Thursday was teeming with fans from Saudi Arabia, whose citizens have bought more World Cup tickets than any other nationality after Qatar and the Untied States. The Saudi team’s shock victory over Argentina this week stoked even more excitement. Riyadh, an aspiring tourism destination, has sought to benefit from the regional boost, offering those with Hayya cards two-month visas to the kingdom. Saudi student Nawaf Mohammed said World Cup fever in Riyadh is palpable, with more Westerners visible in the capital’s airport and carnivals. The prospect of shuttle flights from the UAE or Saudi Arabia would have been unthinkable mere years ago. In 2017, the two Gulf Arab states, along with Bahrain and Egypt, imposed a boycott on energy-rich Qatar, cutting off trade and travel links over the emirate’s support for political Islam and ties with Iran. Qatar refused to back down and the embargo ended last year. Even so, tensions linger. Bahrain, just a 45-minute flight from Doha, continues to squabble over politics and maritime borders with Qatar. Fans sleeping in the island kingdom enjoy no such easy flights. Eyad Mohammed, who chose to stay at a beach in Bahrain, had a layover in eastern Saudi Arabia on Thursday. “This region is not always convenient,” he said.
After 36 years, Canada has to wait longer for World Cup win
O Canada, the wait remains. Alphonso Davies had the chance to score his nation’s first-ever World Cup goal, to grab a quick lead on Belgium. As Davies readied for the spot kick in the 11th minute after a hand ball, red-clad Canadian fans at the other end of Ahmed bin Ali Stadium buzzed in anticipation for a moment decades in the making. “You’re carrying the weight of a nation: 36 years of waiting — longer than 36 for our first goal,” coach John Herdman said. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois guessed correctly to dive right and batted Davis’ attempt with his forearm. The ball bounced away, and the Canadians never got any closer to scoring. Despite dominating the world’s second-ranked team in Canada’s first World Cup match since 1986, the Canadians fell to Belgium 1-0 Wednesday night as Michy Batshuayi scored on a quick counter in the 44th minute. Davies did not speak with media after the game. “He’s our star player. He’s one of the best players in the world. He’ll move on and he’ll have another chance and he’ll bury it,” midfielder Jonathan Osorio said. “There was also the best goalkeeper in the world in net he had to put it past.” Courtois had studied video of Davies. Read more: FIFA World Cup 2022: Mystery behind Saudi Arabia’s Win Against Argentina “He shot twice that side, so that’s why I decided to go that way,” Courtois said. A large part of the crowd of 40,432 in the Arabian desert stadium supported Canada. Many waved the Maple Leaf and they proudly sang “O Canada” before the match. “Goosebumps,” Osorio said. “Times are changing in this country for this sport. I was little bit surprised. It’s not a close trip from Canada to get here. It shows you how much support we have, how much the fans love football, how much people love football in Canada. This is a change in the history of this sport in this country. It felt like a home game. And I think Belgium felt like an away game.” Players brought along the sword they carried around Central America and the Caribbean during qualifying, which is inscribed “Nihil timendum est (Fear nothing).” Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield spoke with the team before the match. Atiba Hutchinson, at 39, became the oldest non-goalkeeper to start a World Cup match. Even though Canada dropped to 0-4 in the World Cup, players felt proud and felt they had momentum going into Sunday’s game against Croatia, the losing finalist in the 2018 World Cup. Croatia opened with a 0-0 draw against Morocco. “They walk away proud, I’m sure, proud of the feeling that we’re a football nation,” Herdman said. “We came into that game with a couple of goals. The first goal was to play fearless, and the second goal was to entertain. We had some other goals, which were to create some firsts, but we weren’t quite up to those moments." He gathered players on the field after the final whistle. Read more: FIFA World Cup 2022: Messi seeks history with Argentina “I was really passionate in the circle,” Herdman said, recounting what he told them. “I thought that was a big step for this country. We deserve to be here. You’ve shown that. You’ve shown that you can live here.”
Canada enters 1st World Cup in 36 years plagued by injuries
Canada coach John Herdman spoke of the thrill that striker Alphonso Davies felt arriving this week in Doha — Canada’s first appearance in the World Cup in 36 years. “He’s really excited,” Herdman said Saturday with Canada opening next week against Belgium. “Who wouldn’t be when you see an 80-foot poster of yourself when you are driving into your hotel.” But some of the thrill is already gone for Davies and Canada. The poster might even be false advertising if Davies can’t take the field. Bayern Munich’s rising star and Canada’s best player may not be able to play against Belgium, nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out of recent World Cup warmups. Herdman said Davies was “still building toward top speed. But he hasn’t hit that top speed yet.” “When you have hamstring injuries, there’s always the key moment,” Herdman added. “That’s when the hamstring is pushed, pushed to its limits.” Herdman didn’t say it flat out, but hinted that he’s leaning toward keeping him out against Belgium, hoping he heals for matches against Morocco and Croatia in Group F. The top two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the knockout round of 16. Read more: Qatar Squad analysis for 2022 FIFA Football World Cup Herdman said Belgium was probably the best team that Canada has faced since playing Brazil more than a decade ago. “We’ve got to get this one right because it could be a long tournament for Canada,” Herdman said, meaning Canada might surprise and survive the group stage. “And that’s the last thing I want is for Alphonso to miss this.” Having Davies injured is bad enough. But two other top Canadian players are also questionable with injuries: playmaking midfielder Stephen Eustaquio and No. 1 goalkeeper Milan Borjan. Some would say they’re Canada’s top three players. Eustaquio has an unspecified injury, and Borjan complained of abdominal pain in Canada’s 2-1 victory over Japan on Thursday in a friendly in Dubai. Borjan was held out of training on Saturday. Read more: 5 Host Cities of FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022: A Travel Guide “That’s the life of a coach,” Herdman said. “I mean, it’s bleak on one side but it’s opportunity on the other.” This is nothing new for the Canadians, who finished first in qualifying from the CONCACAF region despite repeated injuries to top players. Despite it all, Canada beat Mexico 2-1 on home soil, and drew 1-1 in Mexico City’s treacherous Aztec stadium. Canada also defeated the United States 2-0 and home in qualifying, and drew 1-1 in Nashville. “We played multiple games without Alphonso Davies during qualifying and we did really well,” Canada midfielder Samuel Piette said. “We don’t want to miss these guys. We want these guys on the pitch. But at the same time, it’s who’s ready to answer the call.” Piette repeated what Herdman and other players have mentioned — the little chip that Canadian players have on the their shoulders. “We want to shock the world and show that Canada is a serious football country, and a serious team,” Piette said. “And hopefully we start on the right foot against Belgium.”
Eight Barcelona de Guayaquil fans die in bus crash in Peru
Eight fans of Ecuadorian first division club Barcelona de Guayaquil died when a passenger bus veered off a road and crashed into a ravine in northern Peru on Saturday.