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Qatar hopes World Cup flying headdress will be 2022 vuvuzela

Qatar wants the 2022 World Cup’s flying white headdress mascot to symbolize football’s showcase tournament, as did the blaring vuvuzela horn when South Africa hosted it in 2010.

A flying keffiyeh headdress named Laaib, which means the super-skilled player in Arabic, is the official mascot of the World Cup and is featured on billboards and television across Qatar.

“Laib is a fun and mischievous character who comes from the mascot-verse, a parallel world where all the tournament’s mascots live,” the world soccer governing body FIFA said in its announcement.

“He will bring the joy of football to everyone.”

The keffiyeh headdress, also known as shemagh or ghotra in the Gulf, is designed to protect against sun, sand, and dust.

But that has not spared the World Cup 2022 organizers from ridicule on social media.

The response to Laib has been mixed.

Twitter comments derisively compared Leib to the cartoon character “Casper the Friendly Ghost” or a flying bed sheet.

But it also has its fans.

Laib has been adopted by some Internet blockchain communities in China that have issued tokens resembling the mascot.

Qatar’s World Cup organizers would like to see a repeat of the 2019 Club World Cup championship when Mexico’s Monterrey players wore the keffiyeh after winning the match.

Bertrand Rouen, who won the handball world title with France and then moved on to play for Qatar, has teamed up with his business partner to design headdresses in the national colors of the 32 participating countries for the World Cup. Created a link.

Rouen hopes the colorful scarves will become a “symbol” of the Games.

“A friend told me, you made a vuvuzela for Qatar,” he said.

South Africa’s deafening vuvuzela plastic horns blasted their way to worldwide infamy, with fans enthusiastically chanting them at every goal.

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