Qatar officials and FIFA collaborated on the development of the mascot
The FIFA World Cup 2022, the most awaited event in all of football, has been creating a lot of buzzes since Qatar was selected to host this mega event. It is already a big event. But the fact that this is the first World Cup that is taking place in the Middle East has kept all news pertaining to the event at the forefront. Organizers have also worked hard to make this tournament better than ever, and Qatar has undergone a complete revamp.
As well as trying to make this tournament memorable. Qatari officials also tried to showcase the rich Arab culture to the world. They did this with their Emblem, which was inspired by Qatari culture and lifestyle. Similarly, the mascot that was released during the group draws this year depicts the perfect resemblance of middle-east countries.
Who is the 2022 World Cup Mascot?
There is no doubt that the Mascots of World Cups are some of the most entertaining aspects of the tournament. The mascot trend started with the 1966 England World Cup. These mascots are now referred to by FIFA as being part of the mascot-verse, which is parallel to the human realm. The first one to start the show was ‘Willie’ the 1966 world cup lion.
There have always been popular mascots, such as Zakumi, a leopard from South Africa, Fuleco, an armadillo from Brazil, and Zabibvaka, a wolf from Russia who was all deemed as works of art. In the case of the 2022 World Cup, however, the mascot is not an animal, and it has the name “La’eeb”.
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What does La’eeb mean?
The 2022 world cup mascot was unveiled in an intriguing video by Moroccan producer RedOne during the group stage draw this year. At the first glance, La’eeb appears to be a flying ghost, a hanging jinn, or a piece of tissue. La’eeb, however, wears a gutra, a traditional headdress for men in Arab and Qatari cultures.
FIFA has described La’eeb as a ” fun and mischievous character who comes from the mascot-verse. A parallel world where all tournament mascots live,” in its official unveiling presentation.
La’eeb is the 15th addition to the World Mascots-verse and means “super-skilled player” in Arabic. It conveys a message of love for all people around the world who love the sport and emphasizes the importance of opportunity for all.