Almost a year to go Qatar World Cup 2022, a World Cup that from a distance seems like one more, but when you look carefully you can see various singularities that are worth noting. ESPN.com review some of the features that will make it unique.
A WORLD CUP THAT WAS ALREADY BORN WITH POLEMIC
On December 2, 2010, FIFA surprised the world by choosing Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup. After the announcements, it was all a celebration, but the joy lasted only a few years.
In 2013, an investigation of France Football presented conclusive evidence of an alleged conspiracy between Nicolas Sarkozy (then President of France), Michel Platini (then UEFA president) and Sebastian bazin (then owner of Paris Saint Germain). The agreement would have been for Platini to vote for Qatar as the venue and for Qatari capital to help PSG overcome its financial crisis.
In 2014, the American judge Michael J. Garcia made a report (The “García Report”) that was referred to the FIFA Ethics Committee and dismissed by her for considering the evidence “insufficient“The investigation delved into the spurious designation of Russia for the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022.
In 2015, an investigation by the US justice and a parallel investigation by the Swiss Public Ministry unleashed the scandal known as FIFA GATE. The CIA investigation ended with fourteen people (mostly Latin American soccer leaders) sentenced to prison on charges of bribery to grant television rights.
The second, that of Switzerland, focused on possible bribery and vote buying in relation to the choice of Qatar as the venue and was initiated by FIFA itself.
Due to the scandals, Blatter, who had been re-elected shortly before, resigned as president. Gianni Infantino succeeded him.
In 2014, four years after handing over the headquarters to Qatar, Joseph blatter considered it an error due to the high temperatures in dialogue with a state radio, the RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse): “Yes, it was a mistake, of course, but one makes many mistakes in life (…) The technical report on Qatar clearly said it was too hot, but the Executive Committee, with a large majority, decided to play it there anyway“he explained.
It will be the first time that the World Cup is played from November 21 to December 18 and not from June to July, when the world leagues stop.
The venue of the tournament will present a climatic peculiarity: a furious summer. As a consequence of the high temperatures, that can reach 50 ° C, FIFA decided to accommodate the calendar to avoid the Qatari summer.
With several degrees less of distance, the climatic issue most remembered in a World Cup was the protest of the players in the World Cup in Mexico 86 ‘, annoyed at having to play at noon to favor European television.
When a World Cup is held in a country without a football tradition, the question about the future of the stadiums after the tournament is always latent. In the case of Qatar, one of the stadiums will be removable: the Ras Abu Aboud. Your parts will be donated when the contest ends. Another peculiarity is that all the buildings and the Fan Fest will have air conditioners to control the temperature.
Qatar will be the smallest country to host a World Cup. The Asian region has a land area of just 11,586 square kilometers and, by size, is ranked 156th in the world.
It will be the shortest World Cup since Argentina 78 ‘(24 days), since the fixture must be accommodated in 28 days (so as not to step on Christmas and New Years), unlike the traditional 32.
As a result of its calendar, which differs from the traditional one from June to July, fans will experience the longest wait compared to the previous edition since 1950, when it was necessary to wait 12 years since 1938 because of the First World War (1939-1945). . From the end of Russia 2018 to Qatar 2022, they will have passed 4 years, 4 months, and 6 days.
It will be the third time that a World Cup has been played on the Asian continent after Korea-Japan 2002 and Russia 2018. It will also be the first time that it has been played in West Asia and the Middle East, in an Arab country with a Muslim majority.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Cup qualifiers were atypical because they had to be compressed in a shorter period of time, which overloaded the players’ calendar and eliminated the rest period and mental preparation to face the dates, as well as distorted the formation of teams because the coaches had to use their hands to get replacements of urgency due to infections, injuries from the aforementioned overload, fatigue, etc.