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Past, present and future, meeting people you admired as a child, a connection between cultures, visiting places that in the good old days you would have no chance of going to, and above all - a huge celebration, that goes beyond the boundaries of football and sports in general - this is the story of the World Cup

The World Cup is considered a mega event.

I experienced this for the first time in the great Russia, four and a half years ago.

In Little Qatar - the story is completely different.

No more night flights through Moscow from game to game, because here the greatest distance between stadiums is about 70 km. Everything is close.

Also, as a team that represents the Israel Broadcasting Corporation and in fact the State of Israel in an enemy state, the story around us is big.

Up until now the schedule has been very tight: maintaining the personal routine, which sometimes includes one hour of sleep just to get up at five in the morning to run, as part of my preparation for the first marathon in my life.

This continues with filming in the studios, early arrival at the stadiums (three hours before each game) and also the correct use of my stage, where I try to convey to you not only the football experience, but also the experience of staying in an Arab country that is rich in a way that is difficult to explain, that in the good old days I would not have been able to enter it.

So far my experience in Qatar is good.

I really enjoy football, I make every effort to pass the games in the best way I can - and that gives me a lot of satisfaction.

The food is good, the company is excellent, and also in the personal aspect there is no feeling of fear or apprehension.

At the beginning of the week, a good friend of mine came to the World Cup from Israel for three days as a guest of FIFA, who rented an entire and amazing hotel, to which she invites those she wants to visit: employees of the organization, FIFA legends, great former players, some of whom serve as ambassadors of the organization in the world.

My friend and I met in this hotel with world champions from Brazil and France, with the great Hristo Stoichkov who asked us to connect him with Haim Rabivo, with Kevin Kurani who sat with us for breakfast, and with many other good people (not only from the field of football).

Everyone was very cordial, but the most exciting and piquant moment was the night after the match between Spain and Germany.

We went up to the restaurant which is on the roof of the hotel - an amazing place with an unusually beautiful view - where we ran into a legend of Liverpool's past, the most amiable Ian Rush, who was sitting there with his wife.

When we started talking to him, it was Mrs. Rush who asked us to take a picture, because she wanted to send the picture to their Israeli friend whom she loves very much - and two minutes later I received a message from Abram Grant with the picture of the three of us together.

And that's exactly the World Cup for me: a connection between past, present and future, a meeting with people you adored as a child, a connection between cultures, visiting places that in their normal days there is no chance you would go to, and above all - a huge celebration, which goes beyond the boundaries of football and sports in general.

In other words - this is the biggest party of them all.

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Source: israelhayom

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