The fact that Hamad Abdulaziz, aged 39, attended more than 40 matches during a single FIFA World Cup tournament is evidence of his exceptional planning skills.
Qatari breaks world record for attending most matches at FIFA World Cup
Hamad Abdulaziz, a 39-year-old football fan from Qatar, has made history by breaking the previous world record for “most matches attended at a single football FIFA World Cup by an individual.” Hamad attended a remarkable 44 out of the 64 games during the Qatar World Cup 2022, demonstrating an unmatched passion for the sport. His remarkable achievement is a testament to his passion for football, meticulous planning, and determination, and it is unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon.
This article delves deeper into his journey towards breaking the previous world record for “most matches attended at a single football FIFA World Cup by an individual” and highlights the challenges he faced along the way.
Unmatched Passion for Football
Hamad Abdulaziz’s love for football has been ingrained in him since he was a child. As a kid, he dreamt of playing in the World Cup, and his passion for the sport only grew as he grew older. His remarkable achievement of attending 44 out of the 64 games in the Qatar World Cup 2022 demonstrates his unmatched passion for the sport.
Meticulous Planning and Determination
Before the tournament began, he contacted Guinness World Records to ensure that he knew all the requirements. He was told that he would need two witnesses who would attest and confirm before and after the match that he had attended all of it. This level of preparation and attention to detail shows his determination to break the previous world record.
Hamad’s journey toward breaking the world record was not without challenges. Qatar hosted four matches each day, with three hours between each kickoff. The longest distance between stadiums was 75km, which was the trip between Al Janoub in Al Wakrah and Al Bayt in Al Khor reported The Peninsula Qatar. Subway and bus routes connected all stadiums, which made commuting easier. However, attending 44 matches was still a challenging task.
Hamad faced challenges convincing supporters of losing teams to confirm his attendance. Sometimes, the witness would leave before the match ended, which left him without a witness signature. This caused him “endless headaches” but he soon learned that he must have more than three witnesses per match. Despite these challenges, Hamad was able to overcome them with the help of his brother and friends.
Planning and Logistics
Qatar hosted four matches each day during the World Cup, with three hours between each kickoff. The longest distance between stadiums was 75km, which was the trip between Al Janoub in Al Wakrah and Al Bayt in Al Khor. Subway and bus routes connected all stadiums, which made it easy for fans to travel between venues.
Hamad shared that he had planned this feat for a while. He contacted Guinness World Records before the tournament began to ensure he knew all the requirements. He was informed that he would need two witnesses to attest and confirm before and after each match that he had attended all of it.
Hamad’s brother helped him throughout the process by driving him between the matches. There were many “close calls” since a person could attend a maximum of three matches a day. Thanks to his brother’s support, he “was able to break the record, even with just an hour between the end of one match and the start of another.”
Hamad faced some challenges when it came to convincing supporters of losing teams to confirm his attendance. Sometimes, the witness would leave before the match ended, which left him without a witness signature. However, he soon learned that he needed more than three witnesses per match.
Passion for Football and Legacy
Hamad’s passion for football dates back to his childhood when he dreamt of playing in the World Cup. He joined Generation Amazing, a human and social legacy program, in 2017. He is now a master coach for the initiative, which uses soccer to impart important life lessons to underserved populations.
Hamad feels fortunate to have been a part of the tournament’s success, saying, “From helping Generation Amazing achieve 1 million beneficiaries to breaking the world record for attending matches, I’m proud to be part of the country’s success.”
Hamad Abdulaziz’s achievement is a remarkable testament to his love for football and his meticulous planning skills. His passion for the sport has inspired many, and his achievement will be remembered for years to come.
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