Actually, this should be about falcons, the falcons of the Qataris.

Amur Falcons, Lanner Falcons, Saker Falcons.

They can be up to 300 kilometers per hour.

The bait is attached to small planes, the falcons fly behind them through the desert with their large wings.

But on Thursday there will be something interesting to see on the field - from a bird's eye view: a woman will referee the Costa Rica game against Germany (8 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the World Cup, on ARD and on MagentaTV), and how could to write about birds?

Stéphanie Frappart, 1.64 meters tall, French, will stand in the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, whistle, run, show, draw cards from her pocket.

Falcons and non-falcons could think: A woman, on the field, at a World Cup game?

And yes, the sight may be unusual for some.

Because she is the first.

The effort was long overdue.

After all, she is currently the best referee.

Above all, Frappart's body language is impressively clear.

She whistles energetically, her arm is extremely tense with every command, her expression unaffected.

And it's nice to see how this little woman reprimands the men and they then squint at their cleated shoes.

She wants to be judged for her performance

There is an interview scene with Frappart on Youtube.

Before her first Champions League game, a journalist asked her whether higher standards were set for her.

And she keeps saying, "It's the same." Like her colleagues, she had to prove herself physically and tactically.

And she wanted one thing above all: to be recognized for her performance and not because of her gender.

Getting that across is probably the harder task.

Being special and totally ordinary at the same time.

And to convey to the viewers: This is all totally normal.

Whether woman or man, it doesn't matter.

A motto that falconry could also learn from.

The national sport of the Qataris has so far been reserved primarily for men.

But there is a German woman who learned falconry in Qatar: Laura Wrede.

The teachers were shocked at first, she says in a report by Deutschlandfunk Nova.

But somehow they got over the shock - and left the woman to the hawks.

An eye patch can't hurt

Those who are not yet ready for frappart in the field may be able to learn from the falconers.

Or do something they do with their falcons: pull a leather cap over their eyes.

An eye patch can't hurt either way in this crucial game for the Germans.