Three years out from the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Goal Click started a project to uncover the inside story of Qatari football culture. COPA90 selected some of our favourite imagery ahead of their photo series exhibition in Doha.
A lot has been made of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup. Corruption, humanitarian abuse, and a winter schedule are just some of the issues that have led many to question FIFA’s decision of allowing the Gulf state to host football’s greatest showpiece.
What hasn’t been well-documented, however, is the football culture that exists within Qatar. That’s where Goal Click come in. They’re an organisation who pride themselves on going deep beneath the surface of the game to unearth the compelling stories football creates.
With three years to go until the World Cup, Goal Click set up their Qatar project and spoke to fans, journalists and coaches about their nation and its deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game.
Ahead of their photo series exhibition – which will be hosted at Darb Al Saai in Doha during the FIFA Club World Cup – we picked out some of our favourite images from Goal Click’s project.
"I feel so blessed to be able to show the world how prepared and ready and most importantly how happy we are to host the World Cup in 2022."
Maha Albadr, 15-year-old Qatari girl
With so much media attention around the negative aspects of Qatar 2022 (and rightly so), it’s easy to forget about the nation’s citizens. Most have a real passion for football and hope the tournament can act as a springboard for the game in Qatar.