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When the beer did flow, at the Al Bidda fan park

Fifteen minutes to midnight on Saturday, the Al Bidda fan park was buzzing with a melange of humanity right here to have a good time football. And beer, the brew that has been a supply of discontent, was flowing.

So a lot in order that one set of washrooms was not out there to do the business. “We have run out of water,” stated a kind of minding the world. At 50 riyals, beer is not low cost on this tony location between the West Bay and Souk Waqif, a market of cobbled pathways, open air cafes, shisha bars and fragrance shops. But you’ll be arduous put to guess that given the serpentine queue for a pint of Budweiser, or a number of pints to keep away from repeating the drill.

The first individual noticed with a cardboard tray stuffed with glasses bought a cheer often reserved for a Lionel Messi World Cup purpose. The fan space can maintain 40,000 and is open until 3am. Some of your groups will win, some will not however all of you’re the actual winners for coming to Doha, stated FIFA president Gianni Infantino after the opening on Saturday night.

Infantino took the stage after a parade of FIFA legends, amongst them Mario Kempes, Youri Djorkaeff, Marco Materazzi, David Trezeguet and Roberto Carlos for whom the group reserved the largest cheer. Emcee Hamad al-Amani cranked up the temper and by the point Colombian artist Maluma (Juan Luis Londono Arias) and well-known Lebanese singer Myriam Fares carried out, the group was bouncing.

Ecuador’s yellow was essentially the most outstanding color although the paler shade of Socceroos’, folks in Brazil shirts and people who swear by ‘El Tri’ and glad to flaunt it had been additionally seen in Mexico’s new colors and the extra conventional one in parrot inexperienced. But borders had been blurred as folks swayed to music one evening earlier than the rivalries started.

The unfold of meals is diverse with African, European, South and North American and Asian fare, which included samosa, out there. There is one beer court docket however the park has a number of big screens to make sure a extra even unfold of the group. To get in although, you needed to survive a security-check bottleneck made worse by the point taken to display screen Hayya playing cards, obligatory for World Cup vacationers, or another doc that will facilitate entry.

Chaos at entrance

With lots of people fetching as much as watch Qatar-Ecuador on the fan park, the chaos had multiplied on Sunday night. As the group spilled out of the Corniche metro station and walked in direction of the park, they discovered a lot of the entrances closed. For over half-hour, they had been made to attend and as folks bought stressed, some tried to climb over the barricades. Around 6pm, one hour earlier than kick-off, the gates had been closed and folks made to show away. They had been opened once more some 10 minutes later. No rationalization was out there why.


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