Qatar 2022: Why This Will Be the Worst World Cup Ever
Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and the Middle East country has a lot of challenges to overcome and they won't be easy to meet.
For starters, how much of a football culture does Qatar have?
So far, the country has hosted two Asian Cups, in 1998 and 2011, but other than that, no major tournament had been held there.
The national football federation was founded until 1970. They have never qualified for the World Cup and have only won two Gulf Cups, a tournament that features Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, United Arab States, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen.
When you think of the World Cup, some specific countries come to your mind for sure: Brazil, England, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, which are nations with a vast knowledge and love for football.
Weather will also be an issue.
According to a feature in Magazine RasGas, a company that produces liquefied natural gas in Qatar, the summer temperatures in the country range from 86 to 122 Fahrenheit (30°-50° Celsius).
This led to talk about moving the World Cup date so it could take place during Winter, thus avoiding heat, but FIFA crushed that dream last year.
Supposedly, Qatar will spend around 42 billion dollars in infrastructure, which includes a cooling system for each of the 12 stadiums.
Talking about those, in 2010 nine didn't even exist and the other three needed major reconstruction. It's been one year and two months since FIFA made the official announcement and the stadiums' status is the same.
Which country would have been a better World Cup host?
Traveling to Qatar can be very expensive.
There's a lot of work to do and 10 years from now Qatar will have a huge responsibility: to surpass the expectations and experiences that fans, media and organizers will have from Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.
Seems like a tough task to complete and you can't forget that former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner made public an email that claims that Mohamed Bin Hammam bought the bid.
Hamman was later banned for life from all FIFA-related activities as he was found guilty of bribery by the federation's ethics committee. Prior to this action, Mohamed served as football administrator and president of the Asian Football Confederation.
Qatar 2022 hasn't even started, but the event and the matters that surround the event have already generated a lot of distrust.
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