Staff picks: My favorite World Cup 2022 second


From Morocco’s fairytale journey to Japan followers cleansing up after the match, listed below are a number of highlights of World Cup in Qatar.

The World Cup got here and went.

Argentina beat France in a pulsating remaining on Sunday to shut the chapter on the Arab world’s first soccer World Cup.

With loads of on- and off-field motion to select from, listed below are among the moments of the World Cup as seen by a few of Al Jazeera’s employees overlaying the event.

Showkat Shafi – Photojournalist

Tracking Morocco’s phenomenal journey was particular. Among my most cherished moments throughout the protection was watching a son on a video name along with his father again home when Morocco beat Spain. Both of them have been crying and screaming in a second of pure pleasure and love for the sport. The younger man was transferring his telephone to ensure his father in Morocco was a part of the historic second. I additionally witnessed the truth that for a lot of soccer devotees, the World Cup is almost a non secular gathering.

After Lionel Messi lifted the cup and paraded it throughout the bottom, many Argentinian followers within the crowd requested safety personnel and photographers, together with me, to pluck a number of strands of grass from the bottom the place Argentina made historical past.

Argentina followers after their facet gained the World Cup [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Sandra Gathmann – Host: Start Here

A spotlight of the World Cup was seeing Japan beat Germany and with the ability to present the world there’s extra to why Japanese followers clear up the stands after matches. I used to be born and raised in Osaka and my producer Adele-Momoko Fraser is half Japanese. When movies of Japanese followers cleansing up began making rounds, we got down to clarify that cleansing up after your self is “atarimae” (apparent) and that it comes right down to a degree of respect and sportsmanship that extends to how gamers deal with one another on the pitch too.

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Japanese followers maintain up baggage contained in the stadium earlier than the match for use once they choose up the garbage within the stands after the match [Issei Kato/Reuters]

Hafsa Adil – Contributing journalist

For me, it was having the chance to mingle with soccer followers from internationally, particularly those from Argentina.

From taking out huge loans to promoting their vehicles and abandoning their newborns for an opportunity to see their group carry the trophy, Argentinian soccer followers redefined soccer fanaticism for me. The self-confessed “crazy” followers not solely put every thing on the road to be in Qatar, however many of the 35,000 or so of them additionally made it their home.

They gleefully invited each Lionel Messi fan to stroll into their houses in Barwagento, share a chunk of their succulent barbecue, and sing alongside to Muchachos with them. It has been an schooling in soccer fandom.

Tatiana Quartucci (Second From Left) And Mattias (Second From Right) Travelled To The World Cup In Qatar From Lionel Messi'S Hometown Rosario In Argentina [Hafsa Adil/Al Jazeera]
From Rosario to Barwagento, the love of soccer introduced these folks to Qatar [Hafsa Adil/Al Jazeera]

Usaid Siddiqui – Journalist

It was watching the opening ceremony and the opening recreation with 1000’s of migrant staff on the Industrial Area Fan Zone. They gave the impression to be having a good time away from very gruelling work schedules to benefit from the soccer. After all, these folks made the World Cup occur and made Qatar the way in which it’s.

In the stadium, it was undoubtedly the environment of the Morocco-Portugal quarterfinal. I bear in mind how a girl stored pacing some 20 metres away from her seat, unable to observe the sport, profusely praying for an Atlas Lions win. And her prayers have been answered.

Migrant Workers Watch The Qatar V Ecuador Match On Video Screens In Doha, Qatar.
The Industrial Area Fan Zone on the opening night time of the World Cup [Marko Djurica/Reuters]

Faras Ghani – Editor

My favorite second of the World Cup got here on the very finish: Lionel Messi lifting the trophy. This was not due to Messi or as a result of it was Argentina profitable the event. It was as a result of at that second it hit me that Qatar had accomplished it. Twelve years within the making, it withstood 12 years of criticism, hate, racism and allegations of corruption, hate and racism and managed to ship what it promised.

The journey was not clean or good as a result of highlight over its therapy of migrant staff and the kafala system. While the scenario on the bottom has improved in the previous few years, there nonetheless is room for additional enchancment. Qatar’s guarantees to those that come to its shores to supply a greater life for his or her households are hopefully stored as that is the nation’s probability to pay again those that helped it reach these very heights seen throughout the World Cup.

Construction work being carried out at Lusail Stadium earlier this yr [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]