Soccer legends, 100 international media outlets in the opening of Al Wakra Stadium and Amir’s Cup final

أساطير الكرة و100 وسيلة إعلام عالمية بافتتاح استاد الوكرة ونهائي كأس الأمير

Gianni Infantino, Pablo Zabaleta and Samuel Eto’o among star-studded crowd for opening ceremony of Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium ahead of 2022 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in the crowd to witness the opening ceremony of the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar – one of the arenas to be used in the 2022 World Cup.

The game was preceded by an eye-catching pyrotechnics display which saw fireworks light up the night sky before attention turned to the two teams playing out the Amir Cup final.

Infantino was not the only familiar face in the crowd as West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, Ruud Gullit and Javier Zanetti took their seats for the landmark occasion.

Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos took his seat alongside Zabaleta while former Ajax and Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer chose to sit next to Dutch compatriot Gullit for the 90 minutes.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi was out on the pitch, rather than in the stands with the rest of the footballing elite, as his Al Sadd side took on Al Duhail in what is his final game of his illustrious career.

The Spaniard has spent four seasons with Al Sadd but now the World Cup winner plans to retire at the age of 39 and move into a coaching role with the Qatari side from next season.

It was unfortunately not the send-off Xavi would have been hoping for as his side were comprehensively beaten 4-1 in the cup final with Brazilian winger Edmilson bagging a brace for Al Duhail.

Al Wakrah is the first stadium to be completed from scratch that will be used for the 2022 showpiece.

It has a capacity of 40,000 and is said to have been based on dhow boats.

Interestingly the stadium has used state-of-the-art technology in a bid to ease the burden on players who will not be used to the extreme heat levels in Qatar when the World Cup arrives.

Cooling fans, littered along the side of the pitch, are billowing out cold air throughout the evening and on Thursday night it was reported that it was 29 degrees outside and 18 degrees inside.

The pre-match build-up saw no expense spared with lasers and performers choreographed into various routines as excitement builds in Qatar for the World Cup in three years time.

source: dailymail.co.uk

يشهد افتتاح استاد الوكرة المونديالي، والمباراة النهائية لكأس سمو الأمير المفدى حضورا غير عادي من نجوم كرة القدم في العالم ووسائل الإعلام العالمي التي حرصت على التقدم بطلبات منذ فترة طويلة لحضور الحدث التاريخي.

ومن أبرز الضيوف جياني إنفانتينو رئيس الاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم (فيفا) .

وحسب الأرقام المبدئية وصل عدد الوسائل الإعلامية التي ستقوم بالتغطية إلى أكثر من 100 وسيلة إعلامية من جميع أنحاء العالم لاسيما من أمريكا الجنوبية، وآسيا وتحديداً من الصين وكوريا الجنوبية واليابان بالإضافة إلى صحفيين من جميع أنحاء العالم.

ومن أساطير كرة القدم : كافو اسطورة كرة القدم التاريخية ورونالدو ديبور نجم كرة القدم العالمية وكابتن منتخب هولندا الأسبق وسفير ملف قطر 2022 والأسطورة تشافي، وصمويل إيتو قائد نادي قطر، ونجم البرازيل روبرتو كارلوس، والإسباني فرناندو هييرو والفرنسيين يوري دجوركاييف وصبري اللموشي إضافة إلى ناصر حمدان ورئيس ريال مدريد السابق رامون كالديرون، كامبوس حارس المكسيك .

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