As football teams and fans gear up for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 set to take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, 2022, a beer collector who became famous for his collection during Russia’s 2018 World Cup is back in the news.
Gus Hully had managed to collect bottles and cans of beer from the 32 participating countries travelling across Europe, falling on friends to bring back a bottle or can from countries they were trekking in; even rallying strangers on social media to assist in far flung states such as Saudi Arabia.
Now 35, Gus has laid hands on a beer from all 32 countries participating at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
On what he does with all the beer? He submitted in a 2018 interview:
“The general plan is that as soon as a country gets knocked out of the World Cup I’m allowed to drink them, so I’m hoping lots of good beers get knocked out quickly so I’m able to get started on them.”
A beer from all 32 countries playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Here we go! pic.twitter.com/UC38tPx8g0— Gus (@ballstothis) November 15, 2022
While it might seem to be a fun exercise, serious hangovers can arise in the second week of the tournament, when two groups are decided per night and with up to four teams exiting the tournament, Gus Hully faces some heavy drinking sessions.
With the Black Stars pipping Nigeria’s Super Eagles to a fourth world cup berth, Ghana’s Club beer gets to make up the 32 beer varieties on display.
Brewed by Accra Brewery PLC, CLUB Premium Lager (CLUB), rightfully takes its place as the first beer ever produced in Ghana. Little wonder its tagline reads ‘Beer de3 3noaa ni Club’ to wit when you talk of beer, you talk of club.
Ghana’s Black Stars face Group H foes A Seleção ‘The Selection’ (Portugal), Taegeuk Warriors (South Korea) and La Celeste ‘The Sky Blue’ (Uruguay) in hopes of qualifying out of the group and equal its quarter final record at the South Africa tourney in 2010.
The beer brands include ‘Camden Hells’ from England, ‘Antarctica’ from Brazil, ‘Bavaria’ from the Netherlands, ‘Fizzin Melon’ from Qatar and ‘La Gazelle’ from Senegal.
Unlike relatively-relaxed Dubai some 200 miles away, Qatar has tougher restrictions on who can buy alcohol and where – limiting most purchases to restaurants and high-end hotels.
For those at the tourney and want to have a drink, they can be set back as much as US$95 for a three-drink voucher for bottles of Budweiser or Corona or a glass of house wine.
Public drunkenness is technically illegal and those found guilty face up to six months’ jail time and a fine of 3,000 riyals, or around $838.
Qatar’s World Cup chief executive, Nasser Al Khater said: “There are plans in place for people to sober up if they’ve been drinking excessively.
“It’s a place to make sure that they keep themselves safe, they’re not harmful to anybody else.”
Fans also can’t bring any booze into the country, and authorities will confiscate any alcohol in travellers’ luggage.
There are also strict laws on drugs. As it turns out any fans caught smuggling cocaine into the country could face the death penalty.