The president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, said this Wednesday that there are “few months left to celebrate the best World Cup in history”, referring to Qatar 2022, which already has the 32 classified teams, and which will take place from November 21 to December 18.
“In a few months we will celebrate the festival of football, of living together the best show on the planet and the best World Cup in history,” Infantino said through a video posted by FIFA on YouTube.
“Now that all 32 countries have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, congratulations to each of you,” the Swiss coach added.
“And of course, the welcome for the fans of the 32 countries, as well as all the fans around the world who will come to Doha, between November and December of this year,” said the head of FIFA.
On the other hand, the Qatari artist Bouthayna Al Muftah unveiled the official posters for the 2022 Qatar World Cup during the day, in an act that took place at the Hamad international airport in Doha, according to FIFA.
Al Muftah designed a main poster that “shows traditional hats thrown into the air”, as reported by FIFA on its official website, which symbolizes “the celebration and fanaticism for football in Qatar and the Arab world”.
There will be a total of seven posters that will show “the passion of the Arab world for football and the game as something that unites families,” the statement added.
“My main inspiration was the concept of collective memory. Most of my work focuses on past experiences, memories, linking them to the present and archiving them in a contemporary way. I wanted the posters to follow this theme and tell the story of Qatari football culture,” Al Muftah said.
“I wanted each poster to show the celebration and football fans in Qatar. The main poster shows the ‘gutra’ and ‘egal’ (traditional headdress) waving in the air in celebration, something fans here do when they scores a goal,” said the 35-year-old Qatari artist.
For the FIFA Marketing Director, Jean-François Pathy, the poster expresses “an atmospheric reflection of Qatar’s artistic and football heritage” and assured that they are “very proud” of this work.
Bouthayna Al Muftah graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. She later focused her artistic practice on printmaking, typography, documentation, and artist’s books. Her artistic approach is inspired by historical elements of Qatar.