DOHA, Qatar –
The Mounties are on the World Cup, thanks to Canadians Geoff, Graham and Stephen Rawlinson.
The trio, making their first brothers’ journey in additional than 10 years, vary in age from 48 to 56. Geoff and Graham are from Toronto, whereas Stephen calls Edmonton residence.
They obtained their tickets some six months in the past by way of the FIFA portal lottery, with Graham in control of the logistics. That included assembling facsimile Mountie costumes for the “once-in-a-lifetime journey.”
In actual life, the brothers are a banker, lawyer and within the oil and fuel enterprise.
“We really put the (fundamental) journey collectively in about 10 days ΓÇª however it’s been taking us 4 or 5 months to put every thing else collectively,” mentioned Geoff.
Once they obtained match tickets, reserving lodging got here subsequent within the type of an condominium by the match organizers. Their Doha digs are costing shut to $10,000 for 2 weeks, though the three got here up with totally different price estimates when requested.
“Is my spouse going to learn this?” one of many brothers requested with amusing.
They splurged on a direct flight, paying some $3,100 every, and are taking in 9 video games over 13 days.
They say they’ve a number of different Canadian-themed costumes, together with Toronto Maple Leaf gear.
While the advance logistics have been considerably sophisticated, the brothers report issues have been “seamless” since their arrival in Qatar.
And the enjoyable quotient is excessive. They are already pondering of the following brothers’ journey.