DOHA ( Associated Press) – Despite the distance and cost of travel, hundreds of Argentina fans flooded one of Doha’s tourist attractions to cheer on the Albiceleste on the eve of their debut against Saudi Arabia and a barrage of witty songs rehearsed the list, which they expected. Inspire Lionel Messi and his teammates.
Wearing white and blue jerseys and flags, fans rallied around the World Cup countdown clock on the Corniche, a crescent-shaped walkway around Doha Bay, on Monday.
“I’m here with my old man, we spent many years saving. Leaving my family, my wife and three children, but being able to support the national team was a dream,” said Juan Pablo Matar, who played a typical lightweight was wearing a blue and white turban, told SNTV.
With its devalued currency and inflation that will approach 100% in 2022, travel to the World Cup meant a great deal for Argentina, who required an investment of no less than $7,000 per person between airfare, accommodation and tickets .
What has been called a “big flag” by social networks came on the eve of Argentina’s opening clash against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the Lusell Stadium for Group C, which also features Mexico and Poland.
“We have great hope, otherwise we would not be here,” said Valentina Cuesta, wearing the official jersey of the Argentina national team. “I think this is our year, we are doing well with a lot of confidence.”
Known for their ingenuity in composing songs to motivate their teams and anger rival fans, the Argentines sang some classics such as “The One Who Doesn’t Jump Is an Englishman” and “Brazil Tell Me What It Is”. Feels”, the hit of the 2014 World Cup played in that country.
He also rehearsed the popular composition composed after the triumph of the 2021 Copa America, the first title in 28 years, and which captain Messi cited as his favourite: “The final that we lost for so many years, I cried. But that Finished, because the final with Brazuca (Brazilian) in Maracana was again won by dad. Guys, now we are excited again, I want to win the third, I want to be world champion”.