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How Argentina fans brought a bit of Buenos Aires to ‘Barwargento’

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Al Wakrah, Qatar – The enticing smell of chargrilled meat fills the air, the sound of Argentinian music blares from portable speakers and a game of cards ends with high-fives and smiles.

This is a routine sight at a sprawling apartment complex located in the wilderness, in Al Wakrah City, south of Qatar, which football fans from Argentina have turned into a little part of their home country.

Barahat Al Janoub, or Barwargento as its current occupants call it, may be more than 13,000 kilometres (8,078 miles) from Buenos Aires or Rosario but fans who live here have not let distance get in the way of their pre-match customs and extended post-match celebrations – of which there have been many for Argentina’s supporters.

The celebrations here have become common and the biggest one was after Argentina’s semifinal win over Croatia.

🇦🇷 Así festeja la hinchada argentina el pase a semis de la #CopaMundialFIFA. ¡Fiestón del Mati Teclas en el #Barwargento! 🎹 🎶

¡5:30 am en Doha nadie duerme! pic.twitter.com/zuqMGkfGkG

— Copa Mundial FIFA 🏆 (@fifaworldcup_es) December 10, 2022

Mattias, who arrived in Qatar from Argentina at the beginning of the World Cup tournament, said he kept singing and dancing until the early hours of the following morning because it was a “once-in-a-lifetime moment” for him.

“We don’t know if we will watch Argentina play another World Cup final so we wanted to make the most of the occasion and celebrate until we collapsed,” he told Al Jazeera outside his apartment in Barwargento.

Videos posted on social media showed a fan playing music from his electronic keyboard as dozens of others gathered around him to sing some of their most famous football songs and shake their arms in the signature rhythmic back-and-forth motion.

“The culture of singing songs before and after

Al Wakrah, Qatar – The enticing smell of chargrilled meat fills the air, the sound of Argentinian music blares from portable speakers and a game of cards ends with high-fives and smiles. This is a routine sight at a sprawling apartment complex located in the wilderness, in Al Wakrah City, south of Qatar, which football fans from Argentina have turned into a little part of their home country. The celebrations here have become common and the biggest one was after Argentina’s semifinal win over Croatia.

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