8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup

A host of Bollywood stars have been making a beeline for Qatar to support their favorite football teams at the FIFA World Cup event. Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay and Shanaya Kapoor, Chunky and Ananya Panday, among other Indian actors, were seen enjoying the games at the stadiums. Many of them shared their excitement on social media.

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8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup
8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup

Never dreamt that I would be there in the stadium and watch Messi score a goal in a World Cup semifinal. What an unbelievable moment to watch this with 85k Argentinian fans all screaming Messi. #fifaworldcup2022 #doha wrote Sanjay Kapoor, who was there with his daughter Shanaya and son Jahaan.

Ananya came out in support of her favourite player Lionel Messi as she shared photos from the Argentina clash. She revealed that she was thrilled when English soccer legend David Beckham, who was in the stadium, waved at her.

“WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!! The Qatar Football World Cup semifinals -Argentina beating Croatia, seeing Messi just be the legend that he is, David Beckham waving at us and getting to see all this with my Papa and best friends thank you,” Ananya wrote after the match.

Aditya flew to Doha for the World Cup semi-finals. While there, he joined his rumoured girlfriend Ananya Panday, her dad Chunky, Shanaya, and her father Sanjay Kapoor.

Moroccan Canadian Bollywood star Nora Fatehi shared her excitement on social media as her home team Morocco beat Spain in the Round 16 of the Football World Cup. She also featured in the official Qatar World Cup song named Light the Sky, alongside Manal Benchlikha, Emirati singer Balqees Fathi and Iraqi artist Rahma Riad.

“That moment when u hear ur voice at the world cup stadium @fifaworldcup. this was so surreal! Its milestones like this make the journey so worth it I Always envisioned moments like this, I’m Just a Dreamer with a hunger to make those dreams come alive! From a regular singular girl in the hood to this!” told the actress.

Trust in ur self-guys, and never let anybody tell you Can’t! Ur dreams are never too big! Many laughed at me at the start, but we are out here!! And this is just the beginning.

Aamir Khan, his former wife Kiran Rao, and their son Azad Rao also got together for the World Cup. The family was spotted at Mumbai airport.

“Qatar Football World Cup Argentina vs Mexico Match,” wrote Khan in his post.

Mouni Roy and her husband Suraj Nambiar turned up in blue and white striped jerseys for Argentina’s semi-final match with the Netherlands at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup
8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup

Former Miss World Manushi Chhillar was there as well to cheer for Argentina at the South American team’s clash with the Netherlands. Mouni Roy shared a selfie from the stadium of her posing with Manushi and Nikhil.

Siddhant Chaturvedi, who played the role of a street rapper in the 2019 hit musical Gully Boy, shared a photo on social media with American rapper Lil’ Baby to announce his collaboration with the American rapper for the Football World Cup Anthem music video which will be out for the finals, according to reports.

The boisterous crowd pushing Argentina toward FIFA World Cup glory

The Albiceleste fans have been among the most energetic supporters seen at the Football World Cup. Billions of people around the world have witnessed the unbridled passion of supporters of the 32 teams participating in the football World Cup in Qatar.

Followers of Morocco, Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, and other countries have been the subject of endless media attention over their colourful costumes, songs, dances, chants, and stadium choreography aimed at helping their team’s chances at the FIFA World Cup. At the very pinnacle of football fandom, the energy and enthusiasm of Argentinian supporters have lit up their team’s five games played to date in the tournament. With drums, trumpets, and tireless vocal cords, the Albiceleste’s supporters have brought their decades-long dedication to football to the stadiums of Qatar.

The atmosphere is nonentity short of exhilarating when Argentina’s army of supporters, robed in white and blue, energetically belt out the lyrics of famous football chants, such as Vamos Argentina (Go Argentina), and the re-adapted footballing version of Argentinian band La Mosca’s song Muchachos, Ahora Nos Volvimos an Ilusionar Boys, We Have Our Hopes Up Again. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers Football World Cup tickets for the Qatar Football World Cup at the best prices. Football fanatics and buy Football World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

Sung during the group stages inside and outside stadiums, the lyrics go: “In Argentina, I was born, in the land of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi.”

Regardless of whether they score, concede, possess the ball, or lose it, the loud sound of the Argentinian fanatics is a permanent fixture through the 90 minutes of play, and beyond. It is relentless. As Argentinians, we are mad about football and creating a good environment, said Victor Ramos, 47, an Argentina supporter. A welcoming environment for the players is our way of assisting the squad.

8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup
8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup

Support from followers is a very important part of any sport, not just football. The expression of Argentinian enthusiasm witnessed at the Football World Cup can be traced back to the undying attachment to local football clubs in Argentina, Jessica Costa from Buenos Aires told.

On Sundays, some people go to church, while others go to the stadiums, told the 28-year-old, who is studying Arabic in Doha. We love our local teams from an early age, she told Al Jazeera, explaining how supporters in Argentina arrive up to three hours before matches kick off.

Such support demonstrates “the love you have for the players. And the same thing goes for the Argentinian team,” she stated.

It’s a big part of our culture and history. Argentina’s embassy in Doha reported that between 35,000 and 40,000 Argentinians travelled to Qatar in hopes of seeing their team lift the coveted trophy after 36 years, according to the AFP news agency. While many of the Argentinians who could afford to travel to the Football World Cup are more well-to-do, there are multiple stories of people with far less who have made the journey, including putting off buying homes and cars to do so, agreeing to a Reuters news agency report.

There is also no shortage of support for the Albiceleste among fans from other countries, including India. Indian citizens can be seen in large numbers at Football World Cup games clad in Argentina and Messi jerseys and holding posters of the legendary Maradona.

Barra brava

Argentinian football also has problems with supporters, particularly the barra bravas a network of organized football admirers who are known for both their fanatical support of their teams and their violence. Compared with football hooligans in Europe, the barra bravas are thought to be present across Latin American football squads and among several top local football clubs in Argentina and have been linked with illegal street businesses, intimidation, and fighting, including some that have been deadly.

Earlier this year, the Buenos Aires city government told it was cooperating with Qatar authorities to prevent some 3,000 barras brava members and thousands of other violent followers from entering stadiums throughout the Football World Cup. Costa, the Argentinian student, and Qatar resident said it would be wise to keep the barra bravas away from stadiums everywhere, including at the FIFA World Cup.

“They create real problems, she stated. At the World Cup, you want to create an atmosphere for families also, where we can cheer and sing together all united. But with these people barra bravas, there is violence they start fights and bring knives. It’s not a healthy environment.”

8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup
8 football-crazy Bollywood stars in Qatar for Football World Cup

Crazy spectacle

Roberto Oscar, a communications specialist also from Buenos Aires, told Al Jazeera that while he is glad steps had been taken to restrict the barra bravas and to prevent hooliganism at the Football World Cup, the presence of fanatical fans at games does increase the enjoyment. Before, the atmosphere is easy and peaceful. But when they come, that’s when the party starts, Oscar told. It’s like a crazy spectacle. After booking a semifinal spot for Wednesday against Croatia, more Argentinian supporters are expected to arrive in Qatar in hopes of seeing their squad advance to the final, and star player Messi finally winning the one major trophy that has eluded him.

“I think we have a good chance against Croatia Costa thought. We have been enhancing every game. I don’t want to think about losing. But, if it happens, I will still be very proud of the squad.”

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