What La’eeb means & inspiration behind

“La’eeb hails from a parallel world where tournament mascots live. It’s a world where ideas and creativity form the basis for characters that live in everyone’s mind,” said FIFA.

La'eeb Official Mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup
La’eeb is the official mascot of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Photo: FIFA

Qatar is the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup. As the premier football tournament continues, the host country showcases its culture and tradition to the world, and the mega-event’s official mascot is also inspired by Arabic values.

In April this year, Qatar and FIFA unveiled La’eeb as the official mascot for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning “super skilled player”. La’eeb resembles Casper, the friendly ghost.

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According to FIFA, “He’s part of a parallel mascot-verse that’s indescribable – everyone is invited to interpret how it looks.” La’eeb encourages everyone to believe in themselves because “now is everything”. He will bring everyone the joy of football.”

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La’eeb resembles ghutrah or keffiyeh or kufiya, the Arabic headdress. Ghutrah means “to cover” in Arabic. With La’eeb’s design, Qatar shows the world Arabic culture and tradition.

According to the book Hats and Headwear around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia, “The ghutrah is an old-style square headscarf made of wool, silk, or a cotton blend, most commonly used by men in desert or arid regions of central East and North Africa. “

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“The average size worn by adult males is about four feet by four feet wide. Folded into a triangle, with the crease across the forehead, the furthest two points can be pulled under the chin, then around the sides of the neck to the nape of the neck, where they tie in the back.

“This method leads to a safe fabric protection that protects the face and neck from blown desert sand and intense sunlight. Although there are many variations, a particularly common type of ghutrah favored by Jordanians, Lebanese and Palestinians is the keffiyeh, which is made of red-and-white or black-and-white checked heavy cotton fabric with tassels,” the book adds.

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Khalid Ali Al Mawlawi, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Communications and Tournament Experience, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy said: “He (La’eeb) hails from the mascot verse – a place that is indescribable. We encourage everyone to imagine what it looks like.”

“We are sure that fans around the world will love this fun and playful character. La’eeb will play an important role as we engage fans young and old in the FIFA World Cup Qatar experience,” added Al Mawlawi.

FIFA said: “The brave and uplifting La’eeb has appeared at every FIFA World Cup to date and contributed to some of the most iconic moments in football history, including a string of legendary goals.

La’eeb will be known for its youthful spirit; spreads joy and confidence wherever he goes. La’eeb hails from a parallel world inhabited by tournament mascots. It’s a world where ideas and creativity form the basis for characters that live in everyone’s mind.”

According to the organizers, La’eeb will be everywhere – welcoming the world, inspiring young fans and cheering on the action throughout the tournament.

The official mascot for a FIFA World Cup was introduced in England in 1966 and La’eeb is the 15th such mascot for the tournament.



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