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Posted On: 29 November 2022 09:30 pm
Updated On: 29 November 2022 09:36 pm

Here are some feel-good moments from week 1 of the World Cup

Vrinda Abilash
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We are already into one week of World Cup matches, festivities, events and celebrations. While we were enjoying the matches, many moments brought a smile to everyone's faces!

The (ILQ) team has put together a list of happenings and gestures that made the week beautiful. Let's check them out!

The hype around the World Cup opening ceremony

Fans at the Al Bayt Stadium were hyped for the World Cup opening ceremony, and the performances were spectacular! BTS sensation Jungkook and Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi took the stage at the World Cup opening, and legendary actor Morgan Freeman also participated in the ceremony.

Highest men's World Cup match attendance since 1994

The World Cup group stage match between Argentina and Mexico on 26 November saw the highest attendance in men's World Cup match since 1994.

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What an attendance!

Fans' World Cup experience in Qatar

Fans express their experiences in visiting and watching the World Cup in Qatar.

Children welcoming visitors to Qatar

A video of children distributing flowers to visitors at a mall in Qatar brought smiles to their faces and ours too! Residents near Al Thumama Stadium distribute food to match attendees!

The visually impaired see the World Cup in Qatar

Visually impaired people are enjoying the World Cup. This is so heart-warming.

Japanese fans cleaning the stadium after the match

Much respect for the Japanese fans who cleared the stadiums after the matches.

This gesture was caught on, and many other fans started doing the same.

H.H. the Amir at the matches

H.H. the Amir was seen wearing the Saudi Arabia flag and showing his support for the team for their match against Argentina.

How cool is this video of H.H. the Amir fist bumping a fan at the Spain versus Germany match on 27 November at the Al Bayt Stadium?

The viral metro man

Abu Bakr Abbas a.k.a "The Metro Man", became an instant celebrity amongst fans and even globally for adding a fun flair to his job! He sure knows how to make fans laugh while pointing them in the right direction. "Metroooo... this way!"

"Where is Messi?"

The video of Saudi Arabian team fans asking an MBC reporter, "Where is Messi?" became a hit on social media. This was after the Saudi Arabia national football team beat Argentina's national football team in the group stage match on 22 November.

Caps for match goers

As an admirable gesture, sun caps were placed on stadium seats to keep Costa Rica vs Japan match spectators shaded from the sun on 27 November at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Fans help find a lost wallet

On 20 November 2022, a fan lost her wallet at the FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park. The other fans there helped look for it and returned it to her within one hour.

England's Jack Grealish keeps promise after World Cup goal

Jack Grealish did a unique goal celebration after England's sixth goal against Iran in their World Cup opening match. Grealish celebrated by going towards the corner flag before flapping his arms in the air as he had promised young fan Finlay, who has cerebral palsy, that he would do it.

First Qatari referee to officiate a World Cup match

Abdulrahman Al-Jassim made his World Cup debut as a match official at the USA vs Wales Group B match held on 21 November at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. He became the first Qatari referee to officiate a World Cup match.

Fans embracing Qatari culture

Qatar is filled with fans embracing the thobe in their country flags! How many have you spotted already?

Fans trying on the hijab for the first time

It was amazing to see fans try wearing the hijab for the first time. Check out their reactions!

Young prince/La'eeb boy

A Qatari fan Abdulrahman Fahad Al Thani became an overnight sensation, especially amongst Chinese fans, as his facial expressions at the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador made people compare him to the World Cup mascot La'eeb.

How many of these made you smile? Did you see or face anything similar to these during the World Cup? Do let us know in the comments below. D share this article - it keeps us going!