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Superfan of the World Cup reveals what it’s REALLY like to watch the Socceroos compete at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Nov-23 04:15 first published at 04:15 AM


An Australian World Cup superfan reveals what it’s REALLY like to see the Socceroos live: There’s no beer, no scalpers, and the air conditioning makes you feel cold – and you wouldn’t want to eat the food. Peter Papoythis was in Doha for Australia’s World Cup match against France. For the Daily Mail Australia, he described his game-day experience at stadiums. Papoythis was taken aback by the lack of scalpers – and the food. For the most recent World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action, and results, visit this page. Published: 21:46 EST, November 22, 2022 | Updated: 21:50 EST, November 22, 2022

Peter Papoythis, a football’super fan,’ has revealed what it’s like to see the Socceroos – and other nations – in person at the World Cup in Qatar.

The Sydney-based father of two is watching more than a dozen group games live in the Middle East, including Australia’s match against France at Al-Janoub Stadium.

Papoythis, who is also the assistant coach of semi-professional NPL club Marconi Stallions in NSW, spoke to Daily Mail Australia after Les Blues’ 4-1 victory. Nothing was off-limits as the football fanatic provided an intriguing insight into how life works in the Gulf nation during football fixtures at the world’s largest sporting event. ‘The atmosphere was great, both sets of fans enjoyed the moment, and there were no dramas that I saw,’ Papoythis said after watching France vs. Australia from ‘nosebleed’ seats surrounded by other Socceroos fans. Football’superfan’ Peter Papoythis (pictured right) has revealed what it’s like to watch the Socceroos live at the World Cup in Qatar. When the TV cameras panned to Papoythis (left, under the score), his phone ‘didn’t stop vibrating’ from friends back home in Sydney. ‘I will say this…they do things differently over here compared to back home, being ‘dry’ stadiums with zero alcohol….the food selection is pretty limited, burgers aren’t the go for me,’ he said. I was impressed with the ticketing situation… scalpers are virtually impossible to find in Qatar.’ The lines to get into stadiums are quite long, but once inside, everything is spread out.’ Papoythis also saw England vs. Iran on Tuesday and felt the atmosphere overshadowed the Socceroos’ defeat. ‘England were on fire, it was nearly full, and their fans were loving it,’ he added. ‘I was sitting next to an Iranian couple who became emotional during their national anthem.’ They were also very respectful, cheering quietly when England scored.’ The football enthusiast told the Daily Mail Australia Kylian Mbappe, the French superstar, appears to be even faster in person than he does on TV. When the Socceroos took a shocking 1-0 lead at the Al Janoub Stadium, Papoythis felt an upset was on the cards – but it wasn’t to be. Some fans have been perplexed by the air quality in Qatari stadiums, but Papoythis is all for it. ‘You need them in the local conditions, and sitting high up can get quite cold,’ he explained.

‘It truly is a carnival atmosphere, and I can’t wait to see Ronaldo play for Portugal; that will be incredible.’

Qatar is a lovely country, and I’m having a great time there.’
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