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FIFA craze: Faridpur fan builds 8 miniature Qatar stadiums for villagers

He spent about Tk500,000 on the stadiums

Update : 19 Nov 2022, 08:34 PM

An Argentina supporter from Faridpur has built eight miniature stadiums modeled after Qatar's football world cup venues, which will be used for FIFA World Cup 2022. 

The fan, Masudur Rahman, lived in Qatar for 10 years, so he built replicas of each stadium at a cost of some Tk500,000 for the people of his village.

Rahman built the stadiums with the help of some 20-25 young people from his village, and people have been lining up to see them.

According to locals, Rahman returned to Bangladesh a month ago and took the initiative to build the stadiums at a field near Faridpur's TB Hospital.

The flags of the 32 teams participating in the World Cup are hoisted on the field. 

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The games will also be shown on a big screen during the matches. For those visiting from other areas, accommodation and food arrangements have also been made. 

In this regard, Rahman said: “At first, I collected the stadium's designs and reviewed them. Then I decided that I will go back to Bangladesh and will build these stadiums so people of my village can enjoy FIFA too. I want them to feel like they are watching the match sitting inside the stadiums in Qatar.”

He also added that he is a big fan of Argentina and that Lionel Messi is his favorite player of all time. 

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“This is my arrangement so that everyone can see Messi's exceptional game with the feel of sitting in a stadium. The eight stadiums have been built with the same design as Qatar. Al Thumama Stadium is shaped like a hat, and I tried to replicate that too.”

Rahman noted that they worked for 16-18 hours every day to build the stadiums. They have also arranged a ceremony on the opening day of the FIFA World Cup.

“I wanted to make the people of my area know how it feels to watch the world cup sitting in Qatar, hence I took this step,” he said.

Ali Arshad, one of the youths who helped to build the stadiums, said: “'Masudur Rahman is my uncle. As soon as my uncle came to Bangladesh and talked to us about his plans, my friends and I immediately agreed to work with him. It feels nice to be a part of such a thoughtful initiative.”

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Another villager, named SM Rubel, said: “I thank Masudur for this initiative. He thought of the villagers when he could just watch the matches sitting in Qatar. He worked all day and night and spent so much money for us.”

FIFA World Cup 2022 is going to start on Sunday. 

The world cup is going to start with the match between Qatar and Ecuador in Group A. The FIFA World Cup 2022 will end with the final match on December 18.

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