Qatar 2022 World Cup 'meme galore' for football fans
Fans have come together to share comedic and heart-warming World Cup moments that have taken place in Qatar, after the tournament began on Sunday.
Observing how cultures come together has proved popular among them, as visitors in the country embrace its local norms and traditions.
This was seen as many Arabs expressed encouragement towards Irish singer Martin Farragher, who appeared on the AlKass channel singing 'Tala’a Al-Badru ‘Alayna', a popular Islamic song, in the region.
🎥♥️| المغنّي الإيرلندي مارتن فارويه يُنشِد:— نديب قطر (@NadeebQa) November 21, 2022
"طَلَعَ البدرُ علينا.. مِنْ ثنيّات الوداع"
وَجَبَ الشُّكرُ علينا .. ما دعا للهِ داعْ"#FIFAWorldCup | #مونديال_قطر2022#كأس_العالم_2022 | #نديب_قطر | #قطر pic.twitter.com/ssZYMqbcsj
Two Brits from Liverpool also hilariously shocked World Cup fans, as they shared a story about meeting a Sheikh’s son as they were on a "hunt for some beer" – which has been banned in and around World Cup stadiums.
"He took us back to the palace and showed us he had lions… look around you, it doesn’t get any better than this” the Everton fan told a TalkSPORT reporter, according to videos posted online.
“We met one of the Sheikh’s sons & he took us back to the palace!” 😮— Majid Freeman (@Majstar7) November 20, 2022
“We were on the hunt for beers & we ended up at a big palace, we saw his monkeys & exotic birds!” 🐒
These England fans are out in #Qatar & here’s a recording of them in the palace.#FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 pic.twitter.com/wwgYjrUUTC
Many were amused by the story, with one Twitter user saying: "all the PR in the world could not make this up".
Fans also commented that "the only beer you’ll be getting at the World Cup is TAK BEER," – an Arabic expression inviting people to acknowledge that “god is the greatest”.
Many Arabs also expressed their pride at the success of the opening ceremony.
“What a beautiful and heart warming display of diversity & inclusion… loving the World Cup already,” twitter user Tahir wrote following Morgan freeman’s appearance on the stage, in which he stated “what unites us here… is so much greater than what divides us”.
Memes about the Official 2022 FIFA Fan Festival anthem ‘Tukoh Taka’, have also emerged, with mixed reviews from Arab fans who were disappointed by it.
TikToker Nour El-Din made a TikTok depicting Western fans enjoying the music, while Arab fans acting confused as the Arabic section of the song plays.
@noureldin_attia SALAAAAM ALAYKUM!!😂😂#fyp #foryoupage #viral #funny ♬ Tukoh Taka - Various Artists
Others have labelled the track “the worst World Cup song”
tukoh takah has got to be the worst world cup song omg pic.twitter.com/RxYlJmlyJI— asia (@asiauddin) November 19, 2022
The memes did not end there.
Many reposted audience reactions from Qatar's game against Ecuador, in which they lost 0-2, on Sunday, stating that the World Cup will deliver plenty of Arab memes.
This World Cup will deliver Arab Meme! pic.twitter.com/QRIGIKVnUF— LM (@LMFutboI) November 20, 2022