By V. Hassun
Every four years, sports fans around the world share an experience of unparalleled intensity, drama, cheer, and heartbreak. The World Cup: a tournament where 32 countries from every region of the world participate in. For once, humanity can forget many problems for a moment and enjoy a beautiful game, as they should. The world cup is a moment of celebration between countries and nations, and it is the moment where the whole world stops to support their teams.
All eyes are on Qatar, the host country. They have made a set of strict rules that visitors, and spectators must adhere throughout the festive month, but that won’t stop fans from celebrating their country and victory.
This is the time to celebrate talent and take inspiration from players. The essence of the world cup is the celebration and festivities, and each country has its own way to celebrate. While some countries celebrate in more traditional ways, others throw parties and make games the biggest show ever.
In France, when they took the FIFA World Cup title in 2018 beating Croatia, they celebrated in the most remarkable way. Feeling on top of the world, blue fans gathered in some of Paris’ most iconic areas including, place de la Bastille, place de la République and the Champs-Elysées, to celebrate this historic victory. The Arc de Triomphe was lit up in red, white, and blue showing spectators the team’s second star, portrait of players and their hometowns. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Assemblies National were also lit up in red, white, and blue.
In a more unique and momentous occasion, the French team staged a victory parade in an open-top bus down the Champs-Elysées. A strong crowd of 300,000 – fans, families, and tourists – was there to welcome the players home as heroes, catch a glimpse of the new world champions, and express their joy.
But you can’t talk about football and celebration without mentioning Brazil. In the world of football, Brazil is famous for producing football stars such as Pele, Garrincha, Kaka and Ronaldo, who have won an astonishing five-time World Championships. It's no surprise that football, street art and festivities meet in Brazil to create incredible spectacles. Since the 1970s, Brazilians have been combining their penchant for football and street art by taking to the streets to create beautiful works of art that celebrate the country's passion for football.
For the 2022 Qatar world cup, not only has the football fans been celebrating in bars and parties but the players have also been celebrating each goal and each step closer to the big win.
When there is something worth celebrating, they celebrate it, usually by dancing. With this, the Brazilians players have danced after every goal scored in the world cup so far, and not only on the field but in the locker rooms and streets. Everywhere they go there is a dance party going on representing a form of joy and happiness.
But the World Cup has long had a tradition of introducing fans to spectacular moves better suited to the dance floor. Brazil will never stop dancing, and this will always emphasize their culture and their way to celebrate the world cup.
While some dance, some put on a big show and some go to parties; the main idea is the same, everyone wants to celebrate and honour their team, their country, their players, and everyone wants to make a party out of it. And this is the best thing about the World Cup, it’s the fact that once in every four years you get to be proud of your nation and celebrate its success with your friends and families.
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