The best fan costumes at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

We are now a full week into the 2022 World Cup and heading into the final group stage games. We also had the opportunity to see an amazing array of traditional costumes and costumes worn by supporters from each national team, with some truly sensational outfits spotted across the tournament’s eight stadiums.

All the fans one would expect to attract attention have brought their A games, with heavyweights such as Japan, the Netherlands and the United States providing stiff competition in the race to be the best-dressed fans at the World Cup.

But the crown should belong to the Mexican fans, who created a glowing sea of ​​greens, reds and whites in the stands in the first two games – although they won’t see victory just yet El Tri on that place.

Check it out and judge for yourself.

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Mexico

The Aztec football god made a rare appearance in Mexico’s first game against Poland in Doha. Unfortunately, his influence couldn’t lead his side to victory.

As you might expect, oversized sombreros have proven popular with patriots El Tri Devotees seeking shade in Qatar.

Some even chose to double down by wearing theirs Lucha free Wrestling masks underneath.

These fans have gone to extra lengths to pair the traditional wide-brimmed hat with faux-muscled vests.

But as these backers show with their face paint, sometimes less is more.


Japan

Japan’s support was full of wonderful costumes, with people showing up in everything from traditional attire — like this flag-carrying fan tucked into a kimono — to out-of-the-box creations.

This fan appears to be inspired by a kawaii-style cartoon animal for their costume.

This giant green cat costume is cute, but it must be terribly hot in it.


Netherlands

Dutch fans always go to great lengths when it comes to dressing the role at major tournaments – they starred at last year’s European Championships – and the 2022 World Cup is no exception.

As an orange-clad icon himself, Fred Flintstone appears to have been adopted as the honorary talisman of the Dutch fan base.

Elaborate glasses are also a popular part of the orange Backers, many of whom prefer to dress up their colorful frames with more random accessories than you can imagine.

Even the country’s youngest fans are outfitted in bright orange earmuffs.


United States

The visiting US fans were also on top form in Qatar, as seen in this shot of an Eagle (aka Eagleman), Wonder Woman and Maverick in the crowd at their side’s first game against Wales.

Benjamin Franklin and Lady Liberty herself then showed up for the USMNT’s second game against England.

The Stars and Stripes were well represented with all the patriotic fervor you would expect.


But it’s not just the four nations mentioned above whose fans have stood out from the stands at this World Cup in Qatar.

Every team has had its fair share of people who have bothered to show their support, even when their teams didn’t live up to their expectations.


We’ve heard of messy hair, sure, but MESSI hair? Outrageous.


It looks like the last few months have proved to be a particularly lucrative time for Australian inflatable kangaroo novelty suppliers.


When your giant fries toque is eclipsed by a hat featuring a scale model of the Atomium museum in Brussels, you know you’re in the presence of greatness.


fans of the Seleca always fill the stadium with carnival energy, but this flawless Ronaldo Nazario cosplay just puts the icing on the cake.


Decorated with needle-sharp porcupine spikes, this pretty hat is as sharp as Vincent Aboubakar when he came on as a substitute in the 3-3 draw against Serbia.


Canada has cowboys too, and they know how to dress up.


A lovely patriotic display, although we can’t help but wonder if those carefully positioned sequins were still there following Spain’s 7-0 demolition.


Red and white checks piled on top of other red and white checks? Check.


Wearing full, fur-trimmed Viking robes in the middle of the Qatari desert is a serious commitment to the Danish cause.


As beautiful as the traditional Ecuadorian “aya huma” masks are, we’re not sure a heavy knitted balaclava is the most practical attire for a World Cup taking place under the Middle Eastern sun.


England

We can’t fault the festive spirit, but there are some very bold (and largely unfounded) claims about Santa on these England fans’ hats. Isn’t Lapland in Finland?


Les Bleus with an intimidating back four of Bonaparte, Bonaparte, Bonaparte and Bonaparte.


It’s nice to see that international relations remained warm as the German and Japanese fans shared an aperitif (presumably a Bud Zero) during their opening group stage match.


Some flawless tricolor face painting (complete with added Black Star detailing) was on display among the Ghana fans.


We’re not entirely sure what emotions this wide-eyed Iran fan is going through, but we would suggest that the national team follow his simple command.


These Atlas Lions fans were rewarded for their efforts by watching their team claim a shocking win over Belgium.


Poland

Poland played a rather boring 0-0 draw with Mexico in the opening game, so some fans found other ways to entertain themselves.


The kit worn by Portugal at the tournament is designed to represent the national flag wrapped around the wearer’s body – a design concept taken to the next level by this supporter.


Qatar

Your team may have been the first to be eliminated from this World Cup, but the host nation’s supporters held their own in disguise.


Their surprise 2-1 win over Argentina in the first group game was an incredible upset, but surely it’s a bit early to award the trophy directly to Saudi Arabia?


If these fans get their seating plan wrong, they could end up declaring their full support for Spanish second division side Leganes.


The wig and face paint seemed like a much better idea before this fan saw his side beating Brazil 0-2 in the first game.


Despite their team being led by the almost angelic Son Heung-Min, South Korean fans refer to themselves as the “Red Devils” and as such, horns are a regular sight in the stands.


Spain

The dress code for fans of Spain is simple: wear whatever you like, as long as it’s dripping with red and yellow Bandera de Espana.


Switzerland

These Swiss fans are in World Cup fever and the only recipe is more cowbell.


Tunisia need a miracle to qualify for the next stage, but if the Eagles of Carthage exit the World Championship at the first hurdle, they have been well represented by their fans.


Too much shouting left this Uruguay fan with a little horse. The other fan wears a nice wig though.


Wales

This isn’t technically a costume, but this fan’s dedication to his Gareth Bale fandom deserves a mention.

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Emma Bowman

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