Through the lens: Qatar's diverse grassroots football culture comes to life

Within a short period, Qatar has established itself as one of the giants in Asian and world football. They won the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in UAE and are currently on an unbeaten run in the World Cup Qualifiers 2022. 

Their success on the pitch is a fair reflection of the passion that the Qataris bear for the game. Football is an indispensable part of their lives and is deeply ingrained in their culture. 

In the run-up to the World Cup 2022, a few photographers of various nationalities living in Qatar went out on the streets to capture the deep-rooted love for football. 

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Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots

Geraldine Menezes, an Indian national who was born and raised in Qatar, visited several football academies in Doha and captured Qatar's diversity. 

"Qatar is a country rich in culture and it welcomes people from various parts of the world and they make Qatar their home, too. Now the world wants to know more about Qatar. They have their eyes on every new development that's taking place in sports. That truly makes me so proud to be born here and to be able to share my story with the world through photographs," said Menezes.

Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots

The series will be brought together in

Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots Geraldine Menezes
Qatar Grassroots Geraldine Menezes
Qatar Grassroots
Qatar Grassroots

The fans can experience this series of photographs at an exhibition at Darb Al Saai in Doha during the FIFA Club World Cup 2019.

 

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