Qatar 2022 World Cup – FIFA turn to Arab Nations for the first time

7th December 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Qatar 2022. It’s a long way off yes, but that is where the World Cup will be, after FIFA President Sepp Blatter made the announcement after the final voting process. Qatar was an emphatic winner over the four other entrants on the table, namely the United States, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Again, just as in the selection of Russia 2018, there have been some eyebrows raised over this one. Australia were said to have put in a remarkably strong bid and were tipped to take the world cup into Australasia for the first time. However, the FIFA member council went a different route and chose the Arab nation of Qatar, which has a population of just over 1.5 million people, and this stat will mean that there will be more visitors to the country when the World Cup is being held there, than there are residents of the country. FIFA are again pushing the boat out a little bit, after taking the World Cup to the African continent for the first time in its history with South Africa 2010, and now the Middle East can boast being a region with a World Cup heritage finally. There have been suggestions that this world cup was won by oil and not votes, but as with losers in any sport, any competition or any voting, there will generally be bitterness. There have even been suggestions that it will be World Cup built on the backs of migrant workers.

This move by FIFA opens up the World Cup to new regions of the globe again, as Saudi Arabia’s neighbours get the chance to show what they can do. This is perhaps bold vision by FIFA, as the world looks forward to Qatar 2022. They may well have been one of the underdogs in the race to host the World Cup, but they have won through and now the celebrations have died down, there is much work to do. They took an extremely smart step in their voting presentation, by showing their willingness for diversity by giving their presentation in three languages (English, French and Spanish). Qatar will now get their chance to gain some international identity, and that will be fantastic for the small nation. Again, the bold move by FIFA will only serve to help the status of football in the Arab nations. This is what the World Cup should do, give opportunities to the emerging nations. The people of Qatar are thrilled, and there has been more celebrations there than in Russia, the hosts of 2018 by all accounts. This is vitally important to Qatar, and its future on the world football stage. They have even proposed to donate the top tiers of their new football stadiums to countries who need them, after the World Cup, showing a wonderful hand of charity.

So what benefits will Qatar be able to bring to the table? Well, for starters there is the size of the nation. At just over 4,000 square miles in area, the amount of travelling between venues will naturally be pretty minimal. When you stand that up against 2022 loser like the United States and Australia, then it suddenly makes sense. The World Cup in the US afforded huge amounts of travelling distances. There should be no problems of financing, because the area is a rich one, and it really opens the doors to football fans from other Arab Nations such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, or any of the other 22 Arab nations to attend one of the world’s greatest sporting events. For all the benefits that Qatar should be able to provide, there is one strange agenda which needs addressing and that will be the heat. FIFA and the Qatar bidders recognised that heat would be huge problem, as the average temperature there is over 40 degrees centigrade (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Qatar were ready for this though in their bid, as they have promised to use technology to fight the weather, so the football stadiums used for the 2022 World Cup will be specially air conditioned, which could bring the temperate down as much as twenty degrees apparently.

What of Qatar as a football nation themselves?
Well, they have qualified for the 2022 World Cup for starters, so that isn’t bad! They are ranked 113th in the world, two places lower than Wales in the FIFA World Rankings. You will have the chance to follow them in action throughout December, as they take on Iran, Estonia and India during the month. Just as there is much work to do with getting the nation ready for the World Cup, so to does their football standards need raising. The awarding of the World Cup to them, really is a victory for the Arab world and FIFA should be applauded by their bravery in going with the small nation. Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and have helped the Arab Nations join a very big football family.



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