Friday, 16 Apr 2021
For the French community in Oman,Sundayis a big day. The national day of France or Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14 every year but because of weekend, the French community will celebrate iton Sunday.

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And on Sunday, France will take on Croatia in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The match begins at 7pm.

If France wins on Sunday, it will see double celebrations for the French neighborhood in Oman. Fans, each French and Omanis, are maintaining their fingers crossed. They are hoping that France will lift the cup once more just like it did in 1998 World Cup final.

“We are so optimistic. Our team has done well in this edition of the World Cup. If we win on Sunday, it would be double celebrations. Just before the match, we will be celebrating our national day at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat from 5-7pm. I hope our boys will play well. We are all excited. We hope to take the cup to Paris again after 20 years,” Florence Mazni-Quillerier, a French national who has been living in Oman for 25 years, stated.

Florence stated she has higher hopes in the French team even although the Croatian side has played nicely all through the tournament. “We know the Croatian team is tough but we are confident. Our team has proved to be good from the beginning and we are now waiting to lift the cup.”

Camille H, an additional French national primarily based in Muscat, stated, “Definitely, I will watch the match which coincides with our national day celebrations. It is a big day for us. I am confident our team will win. Our community in Oman is so excited because most of us will be meeting at the national day celebrations. We will be watching the match together.”


Football fans across the city have been watching World Cup matches at cafés on huge screens. The exact same is expected on Sunday too.

“It won’t be an easy match. We are confident of winning because of the youth factor. We hope to see Omanis join us in celebrations after we win. Sunday is a big day for us,” Laurence, an additional French fan, stated.

With a squad created up of players with ethnic backgrounds, numerous Omanis are supporting France.

“I will be supporting France because the team is made up of players of different backgrounds. It is a young team. However, Croatia is strong after it bounced back against England in the semis. So, France has to be careful,” Sleyyem Khalaf, an Omani football fan and former player, stated.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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