Pool, billiards, restaurant… How to experience spring break

Qatar 2022: Piscine, billard, restaurant...Comment est vécue la relâche

Wednesday is a day without football in Qatar. The world pauses before preparations begin for the quarter-finals, which begin on Friday, December 9.

Pool, billiards, restaurant or amusement park: for the first time since the start of the tournament, Mondial-2022 really takes a break, offering a day of rest to its stars.

Gathered for almost a month, the eight teams still clashing in Qatar will finally take the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones and offer some rest to the organizations… even if some selections, thanks to a favorable calendar, have already been able to offer their players time off Yes no.

On Sunday, for example, the day after the victory of the Albiceleste against Australia (2-1), Lionel Messi organized an “asado”, an outdoor barbecue very popular among Argentines, in the premises of the University of Qatar (where the Argentine selection settled for the World Cup) , in the presence of his wife, three children and some of his teammates (especially Nicolas Otamendi and Papua Gomez).

Other selections, such as Brazil, continued to train, with a gentle session in a light atmosphere, before finding their loved ones, who were waiting for them in the stands of the Grand Hamad Stadium.

Tite, the coach, for example, kicked the ball with his grandchildren, like Alisson, Everton Ribeiro, Fred or Fabinho with their children.

Table tennis, billiards, darts

Spain, which was eliminated in the round of 16 by Morocco on Tuesday (0-0 after, 3-0 on penalties), is a pioneer in this area: a follower of “cool” management, Luis Enrique has already offered two days of rest to his players before the round of 16 .

“Players are not aliens. We all need a day of rest after ten or twelve days of gathering. That’s nothing unusual. It seems super positive to me that they can spend time with their family and loved ones,” the Spanish coach supported in one of his Twitch lives.

On November 24, while Luis Enrique was indulging in his other passion (cycling), about fifteen Spanish players went to lunch at a luxury restaurant in Doha run by the head chef of social networks “Saltbae”, among them Ansu Fati who wore a dishash, traditional clothing of Qatari men.

On Saturday, while his players played PlayStation, table tennis or darts, the Spanish coach also took time to celebrate his son Pacho’s 24th birthday. A family meal, in the presence of Ferran Torres, who is in a relationship with his daughter, Sira Martinez. The Barca striker also took the opportunity to go to an amusement park on the al-Maha Peninsula with his partner.

“It encourages us”

The best in the calendar are the English and the French, who took advantage of almost a week of rest between the round of 16 and the quarter that they will face on Saturday (20:00) at the Al-Bayt Stadium.

England only had a real rest day on Monday. While Harry Kane, Declan Rice and Jack Grealish tested their basketball skills in the pool, the more diligent, like Bukayo Saka or Luke Shaw, rode the elliptical to improve recovery.

The English were visited by their family in the middle of the day, after the second game in the pool against the United States (0-0). The Blues could use their loved ones for three days.

The French federation authorized the families of players and staff to stay at the base camp for two nights, from Sunday to Tuesday.

On social networks, some followers immortalized these rare moments in great competition: Jordan Veretout’s daughters had fun at the piano in the common room, and Matté Guendouzi in the pool of the hotel where the Blues are staying.

Hugo Lloris continued his dad’s habits, stroller in hand, as Théo Hernandez. Kylian Mbappé, for his part, took the opportunity to visit his club partner and friend, Achraf Hakimi, who was preparing for the match with Morocco against Spain.

“It’s a tournament that’s long enough if you go all the way, so the feeling of the presence of the family, knowing them here encourages us, it also encourages us to be better on the ground,” Veretout summed up in a busy conference.

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