Where is everybody?! Doha’s city center remains EMPTY despite the World Cup kicking off later on Sunday… with little sign of ONE MILLION soccer fans lining the streets of the capital ahead of the tournament’s opening game which involves host Qatar
The streets around the stadiums and in Doha’s city center were eerily quiet just hours before the world’s biggest soccer festival was set to begin.
There was little sign of the usual fanfare of other World Cups when fans noisily gather in central venues or visit stadiums to take pictures.
Outside the Khalifa Stadium, where England open their World Cup campaign against Iran tomorrow, the only people visible were security guards and migrant workers making some last-minute preparations.
At Education Stadium, a fierce wind whipped up a long empty street encircling a handful of security personnel milling around.
A lone cleaner was picking up trash outside 974 Stadium as some security staff looked on.
One said: ‘I thought it was going to be a lot busier but all we have here are workers and not fans. It’s not a very exciting start to the World Cup.’
The streets of Doha are eerily quiet given that it is the first day of the World Cup matches.
It’s surprisingly empty given that the World Cup fanfare will start later this afternoon.
There are few signs of the million fans who travel the world for the competition.
Things were similarly quiet in central Doha and on the city’s metro with little sign of the estimated one million soccer fans expected to visit the country for the tournament.
Qatar had been accused of paying hundreds of ‘fake fans’ to sing and dance in a series of choreographed videos ahead of the World Cup.
Images emerged of various ‘fan parades’ in Doha this week ahead of the tournament’s grand start on Sunday, including celebrations with supporters reportedly from England, Brazil, Argentina and several other nations.
Two Welsh supporters walk through a market as they wait for their country’s opening match.