Farrah El-Dibany Performs at the World Cup’s Closing Ceremony

Farrah El-Dibany, an Egyptian soprano who lives in Paris, performed at the closing ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup held in Qatar on December 18. The gifted opera singer, joined by Egyptian rapper and songwriter, Wegz put on quite a show and became the first Egyptians to perform at the World Cup.

BeIN Sports aired El-Dibany’s live performance, as she belted out the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” before the match. French President Emmanuel Macron watched from the stand, as the Egyptian Soprano sang the French national anthem with the Les Bleus players lined up on the pitch of Lusail Stadium.

Born in Alexandra, the artist started her music career by studying at the well-known Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. She regularly went on tours, including a well-received solo concert at Dubai Opera in 2020. The rising star’s World Cup appearance marks another step in her flourishing career.

Notably, Farrah was wildly praised by French President Emmanuel Macron and Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al-Sisi, as the First Egyptian artist and the first Arab to sing at the Paris Opera. Moreover, she was granted the prestigious “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” award (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government, in addition to receiving France’s Chevalier (Knight) honor, a medal that recognizes significant contributions to the field of arts.

Following her award, Dibany was selected to sing the French national anthem at French President Emmanuel Macron’s re-election victory event, following her last year’s impressive performance at the “Institut De Monde” in Paris, singing covers of famous songs by Dalida and Fairouz, which caught Macron’s attention.

Joining Farrah El Dibany, other Arab artists performed during the FIFA World Cup closing ceremony, including Egyptian rapper, Wegz, Qatari singer, Aisha, who joined Nigerian Afro-pop star David for “Hayya Hayya” (Better Together), and Emirati singer, Balqees, who sang “Light The Sky” alongside Iraq’s Rahma Riad, and Morocco’s Nora Fatehi and Manal.

Argentina wins 2022 FIFA World Cup

Argentina have won the 2022 FIFA World Cup after winning on penalties following a 3-3 draw against France in the final. Lionel Messi scored twice to help his nation be crowned world champions.

Angel Di Maria won a penalty after Ousmane Dembele fouled the winger in the penalty box, which Messi comfortably converted past Hugo Lloris. Di Maria then added a second after slotting the ball home from close range following a brilliant passing move from Argentina which cut Les Bleus apart.

Kylian Mbappe restored hope for France with two quick-fire goals late in the match, taking the game to extra-time before Messi popped up with a third goal for Argentina in the 109th minute after a lengthy VAR check deemed that the goal was able to stand. Mbappe sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 118th minute.

Lionel Messi scored from the spot in the shootout as France missed two penalties and saw Argentina take their crown as world champions. Emiliano Martinez was the hero once again as he pulled off a brilliant save to deny Kingsley Coman before seeing Aurelien Tchouameni put his spot kick wide of the post moments later.

Gonzalo Montiel scored the winning penalty after sending Lloris the wrong way and immediately broke down in tears. Messi has followed in the footsteps of iconic Argentina star Diego Maradona in lifting the World Cup with his nation.

Benefits of Acknowledging Moroccan Players’ Mothers

Over these past weeks, sports fans, especially soccer fans, have been following the FIFA World cup, held in Qatar. One African team had exceeded expectations and became the first African team to make it to the semi-finals: much to everyone’s surprise the Moroccan team has defeated excellent teams, such as Belgium, Spain, Argentina, and Portugal.

Following their outstanding achievement, the Moroccan team members were photographed and filmed celebrating their victory with their parents in the stadium at the end of each match. These heartwarming photos and videos have quickly gone viral across all social media websites, gaining worldwide attention.

Sofiane Boufal’s video, which showed him dancing with his mother on the court among cheering Moroccan fans has definitely outshined all the other clips and came to be the most world-cup-related clip shared by fans on social media.

These touching photos and videos of the players sharing festivities with their mothers have proved to the world how parents are real-life heroes, not with masks, capes, or even Jerseys with their names on them, but with their unconditional love and support for their kids and the huge sacrifices, they make to ensure the happiness and success of their offspring.

The players’ parents sat among the audience and cheered their young champions non-stop, charged with love and faith in their son’s abilities. Seeing their Mothers in the stands, the Moroccan players’ performance noticeably improved, showing the impact the parents had on the athlete’s spirit while playing.

For the misfortune of developing countries, sports are usually low on their list of priorities; their attention is always focused on the pivotal problems they face, such as unemployment, poverty, and shortage in their food and water supply. Therefore, there’s not much investment in sports in general as it’s not perceived as a major concern to the government of these countries. Consequently, poor families with low incomes can’t afford to provide their kids with the appropriate financial support they need to pursue their athletic careers, which is exactly why these families deserve extra recognition.

The incredibly moving scenes, which were praised by all the game’s commentators worldwide, have restored our belief in family bonds, and how parents are the first role models in their child’s life, as they give up their dreams to invest in their kids’ future. Their leadership and sacrifice are the pillars that hold our society.