2022年世界盃:卡塔爾175英鎊一晚的球迷村內景

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2022年世界盃:卡塔爾175英鎊一晚的球迷村內景

"它仍在建設中,在白天,那裡有點像地獄。這是沙漠,太熱了。"

"我現在不能改變住的地方,所以我必須接受它,等待日本隊的比賽,"他說。"我只會在這裡睡覺。我會出去探索這個城市--我不想留在這裡。"

這位31歲的日本人是第一批到達多哈北部的Qetaifan島球迷村的人之一,在場館打開大門幾小時後,一些地區仍在進行施工。

早在大多數客人到達現場之前,就有跡象表明事情可能不像預期的那樣。

在通往營地的漫長而曲折的道路上,有重機械的聲音和視覺跡象。建築起重機高高聳立在天空中,工人們正忙於從鋪設人行道石到接線的工作。

當你駛向接待區時,Blok 'N' Mesh的周邊圍欄並沒有完全散發出該網站官方預訂頁面上的 "高級粉絲營地 "的標籤。

這裡有1800個帳篷,每個帳篷可以容納兩個人。

佩德羅和法蒂瑪住在西班牙,但他們是來為墨西哥加油的。他們在4月結婚,這次旅行是他們蜜月的一部分。

"一晚上的費用大約是175英鎊。說實話,這並不是我所期望的那樣。當你看到圖片和閱讀描述時--而且是FIFA世界盃--你會期望有一點質量,"佩德羅說。

"這就像你在世界各地的背包旅行中可以找到的次等旅館。

"他補充說,"這就像在一個溫室里,所以我們沒能睡過上午9點,儘管我們因為飛行而疲憊不堪。

帳篷由厚厚的塑料製成,每個帳篷都有兩張單人床和一個帶燈的床頭櫃。一層薄薄的地毯放在沙子和礫石上,有的地方很不結實。一台電風扇完成了房間的布局。

"法蒂瑪告訴BBC體育:"這裡沒有任何組織,沒有人知道任何事情。

"商店關閉了,沒有飲用水。這真的,絕對,不是我們花錢買的。"

當我們四處走動時,與我們交談的每個人都有類似的想法。

對一些人來說,現實的情況要求採取更激烈的行動。來自巴黎的賈馬爾(Djamal)為在粉絲村的三周逗留支付了約2700英鎊--但在該地不到24小時後,他就收拾行李,準備離開。

"對我來說,這不是一個好的經歷。沒有沐浴露,沒有牙刷,沒有牙膏。"他說。

賈馬爾還與我們分享了他的預訂確認單--以及他以為自己是去了一家酒店的事實。

有一個好處,儘管是很小的好處,就是這裡的工作人員很熱情,樂於助人,而且總是面帶微笑。即使有時他們給出的信息是矛盾的,比如在哪裡和什麼時候可以在現場買水--而且買水需要腕帶。

從球迷村步行不遠就是海灘俱樂部球迷公園。它有一個大屏幕,將顯示比賽和酒精的銷售地點。鑑於最近宣布在體育場內禁止飲酒,這很合適。

海灘俱樂部也有跡象表明它不會在開球前完全完工。建築材料堆散落在工地周圍,隨着結構的建立,不斷有移動車輛的嘟嘟聲和金屬的叮噹聲。

鑑於這一切,這裡的工作人員顯然是一群樂觀的人,他們默默地相信,球迷公園將準備好。由於卡塔爾在世界盃上花費了1800億英鎊,也許他們雄心勃勃的計劃是不容置疑的,即使他們是如何實施的。

然而,這個國家在2010年獲得了足球界最大的比賽,所以任何突然急於準備的做法對那些跨越半個地球並花費數千美元來到這裡的球迷來說不是一個好兆頭。

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"It's still under construction, in the daytime it's kind of like hell in there. It's the desert, it's too hot."

"I cannot change where to stay right now so I have to accept it and wait for Japan's match," he said. "I'll only be here for sleeping. I'll go out and explore the city - I don't want to stay here."

The 31-year-old from Japan is one of the first people to arrive at Qetaifan Island Fan Village just north of Doha, where construction is still being carried out in some areas a few hours after the venue opens its gates.

Long before most guests arrive on site there are indications things may not be as expected.

On the long, winding drive towards the campsite there are audible and visual signs of heavy machinery. Construction cranes reach high into the sky and workmen are busy with jobs ranging from laying pavement stones to wiring lights.

And as you drive towards the reception area the Blok 'N' Mesh perimeter fence doesn't exactly exude the 'premium fan camp' tag on the site's official booking page.

There are 1,800 tents, each capable of housing two people.

Pedro and Fatima live in Spain but are here to cheer on Mexico. They got married in April and this trip is part of their honeymoon.

"It costs about £175 a night. To be honest it wasn't what I expected. When you see the pictures and read the description - and it's a Fifa World Cup - you expect a little bit of quality," said Pedro.

"This is like a sub-par hostel that you can find backpacking across the world.

"It's like being in a greenhouse, so we weren't able to sleep past 9am even though we were exhausted because of the flight." he added.

The tents, made of thick plastic, each contain two single beds and a nightstand with a lamp. A thin layer of carpet is lumpy in places as it rests on sand and gravel. A single electric fan completes the room layout.

"There's no organisation whatsoever, no-one knows anything," Fatima told BBC Sport.

"The stores are closed, there's no drinking water. This is really, definitely, not what we paid for."

As we walk around, everyone we speak to has similar thoughts.

For some the reality of the situation calls for more drastic action. Djamal, who has travelled from Paris, paid about £2,700 for a three-week stay at the fan village - but after less than 24 hours at the site he is packing his bags and heading for the exit.

"For me it's not a good experience. There's no shower gel, no toothbrush, no toothpaste." he said.

Djamal also shared with us his booking confirmation sheet - and the fact he thought he was turning up to a hotel.

One upside, albeit a small one, is the staff here are enthusiastic, helpful and always smiling. Even if at times they gave conflicting information, like where and when water could be purchased on site - and that a wristband would be needed to buy it.

A short walk from the fan village is the beach club fan park. It has a large screen which will show matches and where alcohol will be on sale. Apt, given the recent announcement to ban it in stadiums.

The beach club also shows signs that it won't be completely finished in time for the big kick-off. Mounds of construction material are scattered around the site, and there is a constant beeping of moving vehicles and clanging of metal as structures are erected.

Given all that, the staff here are clearly an optimistic bunch, and are quietly confident that the fan park will be ready. And with Qatar having spent £180bn on the World Cup, perhaps their ambitious plans cannot be questioned, even if how they have been carried out can.

However, the country was awarded football's biggest competition in 2010, so any sudden rush to be ready does not bode well for fans who have travelled halfway across the world and spent thousands to be here.

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