The FIFA World Cup trophy arrives in Toronto to much fanfare

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The World Cup is a little – a lot, actually – closer for a Canadian fan.

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Amr El Maghrabi was beyond excited as he stood behind a chain link fence at Pearson International Airport before catching a glimpse of the gleaming golden FIFA World Cup trophy that had arrived in Toronto on Wednesday as part of his own 51-country world tour.

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El Maghrabi, originally from Egypt, flies to his former homeland, meets up with friends and then flies to Qatar for two weeks to watch seven games. He will be cheering on the Canada men’s national team in their first-round matches against Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey. I can’t miss it,” said El Maghrabi. “I can barely wait for it. I’ve seen most of the qualifiers here and we (Canada) were the best in the group. So I am sure they will do pretty well in Qatar.”

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With his Canadian confidence shining through, he predicted a win over Morocco and a draw against Croatia. As for Belgium, he just laughed and said he wasn’t sure.

“I believe they will qualify for the next round,” said El Maghrabi.

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Canadian football fan Amr El Maghrabi, who is traveling to Qatar to support Canada, poses with Brazilian footballer Kaka as the World Cup trophy was unveiled at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday November 9, 2022. JACK BOLAND/TORONTO SUN

The moment everyone has been waiting for soon arrived as retired soccer players, Canadians Dwayne de Rosario and Stephanie Labbe (who won a gold medal with the women’s team at the 2020 Olympics) were paired with Brazilian superstar Kaka, who was in the squad for the 2002 world champion and got off the plane on the World Cup Trophy Tour.

All three helped unveil the trophy, which was on display alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie behind a protective sleeve for everyone to marvel.

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The day just got better and better for El Maghrabi.

He made it into the ceremonial enclosure area and was allowed to pose with the trophy and then spoke to Kaka and posed with him for some cell phone selfies.

“It’s wonderful. He’s one of the best players in the world. He’s a FIFA legend – was named best player in 2007. It’s incredible,” said El Maghrabi.

“I will not forget this day,” El Maghrabi added, gesturing to his head as he included the day’s memories. “It’s in here. It will stay here forever.”

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But if his predictions are correct, he might still have some memories from his time in Qatar to keep.

The World Cup kicks off on Sunday 20th November with host nation Qatar and Ecuador meeting.

Canada will see their first game when they play Belgium on Wednesday 23 November.

The World Cup final will take place on December 18th.

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