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FIFA Club World Cup
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Send-Off/Kickoff — توديع\بداية

For the next week or so, to send you off into the new year, INGULFED will turn into a photoblog with a picture or two posted every day. So spend your precious vacation time reading something more worthwhile, like Proust… or Twilight. To kick things off, here are some photos from the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Inter Milan (F.C. Internazionale Milano) and TP Mazembe Englebert, the cinderella story from the D.R. Congo.

Mazembe had a full brass band, permanent cheering line (unfazed and unfaltering down one, two, three goals), and zebra pelt in their section.

Goran Pandev draws first blood. (13′)

Eto’o’s got groceries. (17′)

Presented by Etihad.  Stewardesses. Merry Christmas.

Checkers

Nationalism is left outside the gates of the FIFA Club World Cup, where the winners of all six continental confederation cups (plus the host nation champion) are gathered in a kind of mini-Olympics. Inside the stadium, Pakistani and UAE locals go crazy for Inter Milan, watching as they demolish their Korean opponents. Sometimes its nice just to be on the winning side — many fans still wave FC Barcelona flags at the jumbotron cameras (last year’s winners, not even in the tournament).

Also left far outside the gates is the self-evident truth that all bags are created equally likely to be checked. No, here, bag-checking is a sophisticated process that involves profiling on many levels, bolstered by the analysis of “is this really worth it” on the part of the checkers. You never know whose father bought that bag.

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