Fans, fun, fireworks: Qatar World Cup 2022 enjoys rare moment of normality | World Cup

If this World Cup finally has a pulse, it was first detected on Doha’s Corniche shortly after 6pm on Saturday, as an adrenalised version of Seven Nation Army segued into a We Are the Champions cover with enough distorted bass to make ear drums bleed.

At that moment hundreds of fans at Fifa’s fan festival – particularly from Mexico, Argentina, Wales and Tunisia – pushed their hands recklessly into the air, while thousands of curious locals watched and waved mobile phones.

Squint hard enough, and those shiny brochure claims about this World Cup being a bridge between east and west due…

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