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World Cup brings flash of Arab unity

Saudi Arabia’s stunning victory over Argentina in the World Cup has brought a moment of unity to the Arab nations.

Saudi Arabia celebrate after defeating Argentina 2-1 in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. (AA)

Divided Middle Eastern Arabs had something to celebrate when Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari threw the ball into the back of the net from just inside the penalty box to seal their World Cup victory over Argentina. I found.

Such Arab unity is hard to come by, and if it does come, it will be short-lived.But Qatar hosts World Cup The victory of Doha and the Saudi team provided a rallying moment for many in the Arab world.

Whether that momentum will continue will be tested on Saturday when Saudi Arabia take on Poland.

“All the Arab countries are celebrating because the Arab team won one,” said 27-year-old Saudi Raqan Youssef after Arab fans celebrated the Green Falcons’ win in Doha, Qatar.

“Even the emir of Qatar joined our game. … Now that we are all brothers, I have this feeling. So I am speechless.”

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Despite religious and sectarian differences and regional rivalries, the month-long World Cup in energy-rich Qatar has so far seen the Gulf Arab nations unite.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the heads of state of the two countries that boycotted Qatar just two years ago, attended the opening match of the tournament.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also attended the opening ceremony, calling the hosting of the Games in Qatar “a milestone for all Arabs”. That feeling was shared by others.

Morocco coach Walid Legragi said: “We are proud to be participating in the first World Cup to be held in an Arab country.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi similarly praised Qatar, dismissing criticism from journalists and even rights groups.

“Qatar has done a great job to host the World Cup. … Qatar never claimed it was perfect,” Safadi said.

“We have our disagreements, we have our differences of views, but that should not detract from the fact that Qatar have really put together a World Cup that is unique in every sense of the word.”

But the biggest surprise came two days later, when Al-Dawsari cartwheeled and flipped to Saudi Arabia’s surprise Argentina victory in the opening match of the tournament. Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, was present at the match and had the Saudi flag wrapped around his shoulder.

Saudi veteran sports journalist Majed al Tuwaijri even burst into tears during the broadcast after the game.

“This is the most beautiful and important moment of my life and media career of 30 years,” he said, choking. “

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has declared Wednesday a public holiday to commemorate the victory. Inside and outside the kingdom, people cheered and waved the green and white flag of the country to celebrate.

Saudi Arabia’s victory, described by the daily Okaz as the kingdom’s “restore to glory”, also fits with the new, more nationalist Saudi Arabia formed under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Source: AP



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