Why is the World Cup in Qatar?

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Answered by: Wilfred, An Expert in the World Cup Category
It's been five years since the bidding process for the upcoming World Cup in 2018 and 2022 was concluded and shrouded in questions that will linger and change the landscape of international football. Russia was selected to host the most important and most watched international football competition in 2018 which occurs every four years in the summer.

The selection for 2022 was Qatar. Why has this been such a controversy? Why has there been so much news about FIFA in the American news this past year. It starts with FIFA. FIFA is the organizing body that governs all of international football. They control everything. There is no alternative. They are a non-profit; but in reality, far from it. The possible hosts for 2022 included the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar. It doesn't take someone to know a lot about soccer to understand that Qatar is the country that does not sound correct in this past sentence.

The World Cup in Qatar is a sentence and a question. How is this possible? Where is Qatar? Qatar is on the Arabian Peninsula and has a population similar to that of Houston, Texas. The key to it all is the GDP per capita. It has the highest GDP per capita in the world. There's money in Qatar. FIFA may be a non-profit, but as we can see in the past year; they are like an old-fashioned mafia crime ring. It's all about what happens behind the scenes. Having the World Cup in Qatar financially boosts the pockets of those who control the entire world of soccer.

So how does this all happen? Well, that's what all the news has been about. Lots of money comes into FIFA and its president, Sepp Blatter. But that glass house has shattered. Corporate sponsors have begun to ask for the organization be revamped, President Blatter to stand down. Ironically, Blatter has said he will stand down at the end of the year. This isn't enough. The world of football and it's corrupt overlords are damaging the sport. Soccer is recognized as the global sport. A sport that brings countries together. So why is the image of the global sport in disarray? Having the World Cup in the middle east could be the deathblow.

The World Cup happens every four years since it began in 1930. Summers in Qatar could reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a clear danger to those on the field, including the fans. Fans travel from all over the world to watch this spectacle. Qatar is not a competent place to hold a month long tournament. Massive stadiums will be built that will be unusable after 2022. Money is being wasted and lives are in danger. Those who build these stadiums have perished. There have been many deaths given the short amount of time to erect such facilities and the terrible heat that Qatar has.

The entire calendar of soccer is so structured that there is very little room for any change. Sepp Blatter has changed that. He and his FIFA has chosen to move the World Cup to the winter. Though this may be the best solution for him, the best solution for the fans and teams, would to not have it in Qatar at all. It's a shame and it may be Blatter's last move before he stands down. The World Cup should be given to different countries to celebrate the sport everywhere, but you also need a competent country to withstand the influx of fans and teams.

America is ready. Australia is ready. Japan is ready. Sepp, just give the World Cup to a new nation. Sadly, that will not happen.

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