I’ve been counting the days since the time when the news came around that Real Madrid will be playing at the Khalifa International Stadium. What made it more exciting or perhaps a must have to watch is because Los Blancos are playing against Paris Saint-Germain then it will be another Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic face-off. It was indeed their first meeting after Ronaldo held Sweden to a 4-2 aggregate win in the World Cup playoff and all Portugal goals came from CRon himself including a hat-trick right at the home turf of Zlatan.
And here are the images that I got from our road trip to watch Real Madrid vs. PSG in a friendly match at the Khalifa International Stadium with the Spanish outfit coming out victorious with a slim 1-0 score. But neither CRon nor Zlatan could find the back of the net. And I could have also shot some close up images if only I have the telephoto lens with me, so I just have to make use of the available kit lens. I am still happy with it rather than nothing at all.
Khalifa International Stadium with The Torch Hotel on the left.
This is my second trip to watch a football match and it was supposedly with my wife and son, just like when we watch “The Battle of the Champions” in February last year. But our son had just recovered from his fever and on the other side, we are also so fortunate that they did not come because it rained during the match and luckily we are not that soaking wet. It’s for that reason also that I have taken only a few snapshots of the match and during the trip. Thanks to the PSG banners that were on our seats which we use to at least cover us from the rain. I could not imagine if our son was with us.
Making the pitch ready for the match.
And the game has started.
The half time whistle goes off. RM 1-0 PSG
The 2nd half of action ended without a goal.
The other side of the stadium.
The uncomfortably cool season has made short travels to be postponed and rescheduled as it won’t be beneficial for the health of the kids. Temperatures at night sometimes reached the lows of 13 degrees Celsius but it didn’t deter us to watch one of a lifetime football match last night, “The Battle of the Champions”. It’s a friendly match between World and European champions Spain and South American champions Uruguay at the Khalifa International Stadium.
It was the first time that we watch live football match inside the stadium. We are excited to at least watch together an outdoor game but when the match has started, I had mixed feelings of watching another football match on the pitch the next time around. Not that I don’t like the atmosphere and aside for the fact that you won’t get a replay of the events especially when a goal is scored, but I think I’m just overwhelmed by the mere size of the football field that it seems so huge comparing when you are watching in on big screen.
The match started on time and I am happy since we still have to travel going back home by road with almost 50 km and I have an early morning work today. Although there was some traffic after the game but we are still able to reach home by 12 midnight. And the only thing that didn’t materialize is the telephoto lens that I suppose to borrow from a friend. it should have been a very nice experience with a telephoto lens on hand to capture a closer snapshots of the players on the pitch.
We visited local area three days ago and while at the traffic stop I took the chance to take a shot of the biggest stadium here in Doha the Khalifa International Stadium which was renovated in 2005 in time for the 2006 Asian Games. It has now increased its capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 and it you noticed the flame at the left side of the spiral ring it was lighted because there was an ongoing 2011 Arab Games.
This is the closest I could get with my current lens and in the coming years, I am sure that this stadium will be eclipsed with new and modern edifice. There will be more stadiums to build in time for the 2022 World Cup finals matches and all of them must have a minimum seating capacity of 40,000 which is a requirement from FIFA in order to hold final matches.
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