Anil John has been with the Gulf Times for about 20 years, of which 18 have been as Sports Editor. He has been a sports journalist for 28 years now, making him one of the most senior professionals in the Gulf region. He takes pride in not having any favourite team or player, and prefers to be dispassionate about most things -- perhaps the two secrets of his longevity in the profession.
There will be an air of expectation when Qatar take a big step into the unknown as they take on Paraguay in the Copa America today at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium, a venue that has been witness to dreams being made and crushed in equal measure. The match will begin at 10pm Qatar Time.
For more than two years now, motorists heading towards Al Wakrah from all directions must have wondered how fantastic the new World Cup stadium springing out of the desert would look when it’s finally ready for a grand debut.
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