World Cup 2022 diary: Bruno tech woe and Doha flood warning

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Upsets on the pitch at Qatar 2022 are providing plenty of entertainment, but not everything is going smoothly away from the field for those in attendance.

After travel chaos and over-eager security restrictions in previous days, Stats Perform's team of reporters encountered new frustrations while attempting to keep up with a frantic World Cup news agenda.

Attempts to catch up with Cristiano Ronaldo's latest were thwarted, while a Doha flood contained neither Argentine nor German tears.

Here's the latest from the team on the ground...


Stadium 974 is a remarkable feat of engineering. A jumbled stack of shipping containers, cleverly welded together to form a stunning 40,000 all-seater arena.

It made its World Cup bow on Tuesday night as Mexico and Poland played out a turgid goalless draw that didn't do justice to the surroundings.

Designed to be pulled down and re-built in a different location, it's also eco-friendly having received a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability System.

Situated by the waterfront, it's a nod to Qatar's shipping heritage and should last – either in its current spot, or elsewhere – for many years to come.


Attendance figures have been a regular source of bemusement at the World Cup, with empty seats incredibly numerous.

That theme continued on Wednesday as Morocco and Croatia played out a 0-0 draw at Al Bayt Stadium.

Admittedly it is a fair journey up to the stadium, and the Moroccans were there in full voice, but the sheer number of spare seats was astonishing, particularly for a World Cup game.

The official attendance figure that flashed up on the big screen was 59,407, which in theory would suggest there were only 593 empty seats.

Take one look at the Croatia end and you'll see way more than that. So, where is everyone?


Bruno Fernandes' pre-match press conference drew a huge crowd at the Main Media Centre in Doha on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Manchester United dominating the agenda.

The Portugal playmaker offered plenty to the many reporters in the room... until FIFA's translation app stopped working midway through one of his answers.

Speaking in Portuguese, those hoping to relay the latest on Premier League giants United in their native English were left in the dark.

Organisational chaos and confusion has been rife through the tournament. This was no exception.


There has been something missing from this World Cup, but it will arrive on Thursday when five-time champions Brazil play their first match against Serbia.

The Selecao travelled to Qatar late due to not taking to the field until matchday five, and it appeared their fans followed that lead, with a limited Brazilian presence around Doha in the first days of the tournament.

That all changed on the eve of Brazil's opener, however, with iconic yellow shirts everywhere on the Metro system. That extended, too, to Khalifa International Stadium, where Germany were playing their own opening fixture against Japan.

Various music acts are stationed around the grounds in Qatar, but the main drag towards the stadium on Wednesday was dominated by a group singing a sequence of Brazilian songs and encouraging passers-by to dance to their samba beat.

For German fans, the atmosphere would have brought back hugely positive memories, given they won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – thumping the hosts 7-1 along the way!

Their hopes of a repeat were hit significantly by defeat to Japan, however.


There had been plenty of concern surrounding the accommodation in Qatar, primarily for the travelling fans. But the issues, apparently, have not been contained to the buildings – or tents... or cabins – reserved for supporters.

At one of the apartments where four Stats Perform reporters are staying, some suspect plumbing saw the kitchen flooded not once but twice on Tuesday.

The issue was swiftly resolved by maintenance, but a late-night swim had not been on the agenda while trying to make an evening brew.