December 9, 2022 By Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Off

Newsletter T4/W10

Dear Parents,

After 4 exciting terms of football, multiple tournaments and mini competitions, our 2022 season has now come to an end. 

A season that allowed us to discover, nurture and provide valuable pathways to ambitious players.

Throughout the year, we have seen young people gradually develop a sense of pride, respect and ambition within the environment and culture created to support their passion and love for the game. 

From a technical and tactical point of view, we have seen a love of improvement from our players in decision making and ball manipulation. Our End of the Year Pizza Party was a great success with players having a lot of fun during training activities and enjoying their pizza time with friends. 

We look forward to continuing our development work next year at the commencement of training on January 30th. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a fun and enjoyable festive season.

See you in 2023!!

Cheers,
Cyrille

Qatar World Cup: Final whistle blows on pop-up Stadium 974

The venue was intended to address concerns that Qatar was spending billions on white elephants that would have no use after the tournament

The final whistle has blown on Qatar‘s Stadium 974.

Two weeks after it hosted its first match at the Qatar World Cup, the iconic stadium closed its doors on Monday after the round of 16 knock-out game between Brazil and South Korea.

Built on Doha’s waterfront and boasting a spectacular view of the city skyline, the 44,000-capacity stadium will be dismantled and completely disappear after the tournament comes to a close on 18 December.

‘The thrum of feet stomping on the container floors reverberating around the ground … 974 is everything a World Cup ground should be’  

– Thomas Ross Griffin, university professor

The short-lived venue was built to address questions that Qatar was spending billions of dollars on white-elephant locations that would have no use after the tournament.

Fans and residents told Middle East Eye that they loved the concept behind the demountable stadium, which was built from 974 certified shipping containers and is named after the country’s international dialling code, +974.

“Of the three [stadiums] I’ve been to, Education City and Khalifa stadiums, ‘974’ is by far and away the most atmospheric,” Qatar University professor Thomas Ross Griffin told Middle East Eye. 

“Rising out of the ground like that… coming through Old Doha to get there, the lights of West Bay blinking in the background, the thrum of feet stomping on the metal container floors reverberating around the ground… it was everything you wanted a World Cup ground to be.”

Lasting legacy

While much has been said of the stadium only hosting a few matches, 974’s legacy might be felt long after the tournament is over.

Reports have emerged that the stadium could be reassembled in Uruguay. If that does happen, it could play host to future World Cup matches if it is part of a pan-South American bid for the 2030 competition.