A patch of blue sky
In a press conference, we immediately see those who have revised, or not, for their next match. Sunday, Ibrahima Konaté and Eduardo Camavinga were the two Blues to answer 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 of any unfortunately. »
Our Aussie comrade didn’t have more success with Camavinga when he pitched him on Aaron Mooy: “You played against him in the Champions League and he is bald like me. » Despite this fairly precise description, the Real player could not place the Mooy in question. But the former Stade Rennes player assures that he and his teammates studied their first opponent seriously on video. For names, it’s something else.
hot in front
Senegal – Netherlands and England-Iran
Scheduled for 5 p.m. (Paris time), the Senegal – Netherlands match could be worth the detour for those who leave 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 technical leader, Sadio Mané, injured in the fibula and unavailable for three months. Without Bayern Munich’s number 10, the Teranga Lions will have a hard time against the Dutch undefeated for fifteen games – twelve successes for three draws – but deprived of Memphis Depay, away from the field since September due to an injury to a thigh.
It will also be interesting to keep an eye on the England-Iran duel, played a little earlier in the day (2 p.m.). Especially in the pregame. On September 27, during a friendly match against Senegal, the Iranian players wore a black parka hiding the coat of arms of their shirt during the anthems. A symbolic action to protest against the repression of the demonstrations which followed the death of Mahsa Amini, arrested by the police in Tehran for wearing her veil “inappropriately”.
Enner Valencia had no time to waste
5 – Enner Valencia have scored each of Ecuador’s last 5 goals in the World Cup. Only Eusébio (Portugal 196… https://t.co/rOzG8llIML
31 minutes: this is the time it took Enner Valencia to score a brace against Qatar (0-2) at the start of the competition and dampen the hopes of the host nation, for their baptism of fire during a World. The player of Fenerbahçe (Turkey), top scorer in the history of his selection, even scored the last five achievements of his country during the final stages of the World Cup. Will he be able to maintain the same standards against the Netherlands on November 25 and Senegal on November 29?
water in the gas
The empty stands of Al-Bayt stadium
Qatar-Ecuador, 70th minute of play #qatecu https://t.co/xpZ5qRmKt1
At the final whistle, the stands of the Al-Bayt stadium seemed very empty. And for good reason: many supporters of Al-Annabi (“the Bordeaux”), the selection of the host country, left the scene at half-time when their team was behind in the score. On Monday morning, the Qatari press echoed the “nightmarish beginnings” of his World Cup.
24 degrees and… the air conditioning on
With 24°C displayed on the thermometer and a slight breeze, Sunday’s weather conditions seemed rather optimal… And yet: the Al-Bayt stadium, which hosted the inaugural match of this 2022 World Cup, was well and truly air-conditioned.
La’eeb in the spotlight
Since the end of the 1960s, it has been impossible to organize a major international sporting event without an official mascot. On Sunday, the opening ceremony of the World Cup brought together all the old fetishes of previous editions – from Pique, the Mexican jalapeno, to Naranjito, the Spanish orange – before the arrival in the Al-Bayt stadium of the Qatari keffiyeh, La’ eeb (which means “very talented player in Arabic”).
Doha in the eye
Hats off to the supporters
The shop is tucked away in a corner of the Souq Waqif metro station in the tourist center of Doha. It offers traditional Qatari headdresses in the colors of the countries qualified for the World Cup, ghutras customized. In the open air, in the heart of the market, fans from all over the world, who have begun to flock to the capital of Qatar, are more and more numerous to have yielded to this cultural fusion. The heat and the sun are effective purchasing arguments.
On Saturday November 19, with headgear or not, the Ecuadorians, whose selection played the opening match, were the most numerous in Doha, well supported by fellow Latin Americans, Argentinians 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 30.
In the middle of all this colorful crowd, we see a few Croats, a few English, a few Danes or a few Americans. The Qataris are discreet in the streets.