The Quest for Thanksgiving Futbol at Qatar’s World Cup

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Sports Illustrated

By Greg Bishop Thanksgiving and football go hand in hand, but some 7,400 miles away from home, the football is different and hints of the holiday are found in different corners. ALL OVER, Qatar – It’s 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, and in a suburb roughly 20 minutes from downtown Doha, a quest begins. This isn’t just any quest; it’s a search for an ideal, a grand tradition of stuffed faces, high-speed human collisions, inevitable-and-unnecessary political debates and glorious afternoon naps. I love Thanksgiving, and not for how it came to be, but for what happens on the final Thursday in November and…

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