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World Cup 2022: Qatar’s chances

World Cup 2022: Qatar’s chances

Believe it or not, Qatar is a very serious contender to host the event, which would bring a huge social and economic boost to the region. Kipp takes a look.

August 9, 2010 3:33 by

Sir Alex Ferguson, regarded by many as the best football manager alive, called the South African World Cup “poor.” And for many, the enduring memory of the event will unfortunately be the din of the vuvuzela. But now we can all banish those thoughts, because 2010 still has one piece of entertainment up its World Cup sleeve: at the end of the year, FIFA will announce the host nations for both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, and the competition is fierce.

Among those hoping to grab a slice of the glory is the Gulf’s very own Qatar. Kipp decided to take a look at the (needlessly) complicated bidding process, and at the details of Qatar’s historic bid. Plus we check out the competition.

THE PROCESS: FIFA’s former policy was to rotate hosting duties for the World Cup around the continents, but the new arrangement means simply that countries from either of the last two continents that hosted a tournament are ineligible for the next. As a result the 2018 and 2022 bids will be the most hotly contested ever. Bidding procedure began in January 2009, with expressions of interest in February of the same year. The deadline of submission of full details was in May this year, and by late next months the inspections will be complete. FIFA’s final decision will be announced in December. Countries can bid for both or either of the tournaments, but can only win one.

QATAR’S BID: Tiny Qatar only has a population of around 1.6 million, and it has no extensive stadia or transport infrastructure to support its bid. Not to mention the fact that summer temperatures in Qatar are prohibitively high. And yet Qatar is in contention – serious contention, if early reports are correct. How is this possible? Because Qatar has pots and pots of money, and with enough cash, all the other problems go away.

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  1. Andreas on August 9, 2010 4:27 pm

    2022 is between the US, Qatar and Australia. I think you under-estimated the Australian bid…

  2. Tony Saliba on August 10, 2010 8:02 am

    Qatar !! this would be the end for the world cup thrill . if you told me dubai or abu dhabi then It would be more digestable to me.

  3. Basel A-Shaban on August 10, 2010 10:06 am

    “Believe it or not, Qatar is a very serious contender to host the event”

    However, is the world serious about Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup? I think not.

    So many factors are involved in the decision making of choosing a host country. As much as I would like Qatar to host this event, I am afraid it is not going to happen.

  4. Andreas on August 10, 2010 2:39 pm

    The conditions for hosting a world cup are ten 40,000 seater stadiums in 9 different cities.

    Is Qatar even able to meet this basic bidding criteria???

  5. Andrew on August 10, 2010 3:24 pm

    It’s not just a question of match infrastructure, but logistics for the entire event – Qatar will never come close to coping.

    It simply cannot with one major city, it would require a level of infrastructure that would then immediately be unsustainable afterwards.

  6. Miss Anne Thropic on August 15, 2010 6:25 am

    The only maybe-viable solution would be a GCC-hosted world cup but given the countries involved can’t agree on where to have a central bank or a unified currency, I can’t see them uniting to run a successful world cup.

  7. Andrew on August 15, 2010 7:16 pm

    I also can’t see a single GCC central bank pulling their finger out and creating a proper credit rating agency, let alone their governments mounting a WC bid.

    Perhaps when Qatar realises that they can’t just buy/will a realistic bid into existence, they’ll give it a miss.

  8. Miss Anne Thropic on August 16, 2010 11:24 am

    Where on earth would they put all the required stadiums in Qatar? Man-made islands? Even by Qatar’s extravagant standards (flying a Lambo to London for an oil change, anyone?), that would be wasteful and absurd.

    And if they ever agree on the central bank’s location here’s hoping it’s not Saudi – unless they stop sex-segregating offices, let women participate equally in meetings and, hey, maybe even drive themselves to work – that’ll do no favours for the careers of women in banking in the Gulf.

  9. Andrew on August 17, 2010 6:56 am

    They’ve actually got an interesting, albeit wacky, plan for building the stadia required – which may actually be feasible. Essentially the top tiers would be removable, and they’d sell them off (or so the theory goes) so other places as pre-fab sections. However finding buyers, and having to disassemble and reassemble it all sounds like too many “ifs”.

    If I had to pick a place for the CB I’d go for Bahrain; less ego and more brains than the rest put together.

  10. Chris Yash on August 25, 2010 7:42 pm

    This sounds interesting. Qatar hosted the 2006 Asian games, and I’m sure they will be more than ready to host the 2022 world cup. It’s still 12 years away lol.. You cant really predict what a country can go through in such long time.

  11. taha on September 19, 2010 9:01 am

    qatar small country only one city in qatar its doha the capital of the country other cities its like small town or village and in summer very hot qatar its not good for world cup

  12. mac on September 25, 2010 5:56 am

    qatar is not able to host WC. The country has a real population of less than 100,000 the rest of the 1.6 million are labors. It is taking Qatar 10 years to fix 80 k.m road to the Saudi border, yet they are failing to do so. If for what ever reason they actually host the WC 2022. It is the end of WC and Qatar.

  13. Andrew on September 26, 2010 6:44 am

    Perhaps the most overlooked issue in the debate is literally who will do the hosting. Will the Qataris really be hosting it for us? No, their paid migrant labour will be.

    Atmosphere? Not really.

  14. Mazen on September 26, 2010 8:00 pm

    All of you. Please watch waters profile for world cup2022 they are able to host the cup because the have the money and the expertise that can help in that and for your information Qatar will make a big step in the air conditioning technology and please read about this too … Wish Qatar all the best because I’m board to watch the world cup in Germany or America or France etc.. It must be fairly happen in the middle east

  15. Azaad on October 3, 2010 11:44 am

    Qatar has all the potentials to be host of wc.only they have to refine there immigration laws, visa policies and control the prices.

  16. lak on October 12, 2010 1:51 am

    i think Qatar should not host world cup at all because they have slavery system in their country and they don’t respect human rights at all.

  17. David on November 26, 2010 12:26 pm

    Qatar is a very serious contender.

    FIFA would love to host in the Middle East and plenty of cash to splash around. Added to this is the fact that the AFC President is from Qatar. Major concerns would be the temperature and size of the nation.

    I think a UAE bid would be more likely to succeed as it would provide more major cities to host the matches.

    As an Aussie, I obviously hope Australia wins 2022 but if it can’t I wish Qatar the very best of luck.

  18. Samar on November 29, 2010 6:57 pm

    For all of those who underestimate Qatar’s ability to host the world cup, know more about Qatar before you judge it… Qatar has all what needed to host it, for the temperature matter they already solved this with the amazing stadiums they are going to build, Also Qatar is a very safe country, unlike many other bidders. And who say they have slavery system, come to Qatar and you will know what it really is! its an amazing country and i wish it wins :)

  19. ifty on November 30, 2010 8:32 am

    best wishes QATAR…………………..

  20. Emma on December 1, 2010 10:14 am

    I read the cooments on here and all of you should research a bit more before commenting

    First Qatar has equal rights for women most women drive

    Second there is slavery but there are certain rules.

    FYI I lived in Qatar my entire life and I believe it will do an extravagant job hosting 2022 better than any other country, give them a chance to show all you racists and narrow minds that Qatar will be a great choice and the right one.

    Btw I’m not Qatari I’m American

  21. Arjuna on December 1, 2010 3:27 pm

    Why always WC in Europen countries? It should have to share with Gulf region also. Qatar is a wonderful country to live and good economic back ground as well. I WISH QATAR WILL WIN THE BID.

  22. Ayman on December 1, 2010 5:44 pm

    will i think the winer should be qatar simply because its the richest country in the world so give to the rich i do not think their giving this to country with unstable economy or poor & with a lot of enemy & war like (USA ) will good idea
    and Australia is very far country which will make travailing too hard & broadcasting match will be a problem as will due to different in time
    Korea Or Japan ? what s the new we watched them in 2002 it will be boring repeating the same thing

  23. faith on December 1, 2010 9:48 pm

    world cup football must held in middle east, at least civilization begins.

  24. Andrew on December 2, 2010 7:51 am

    I’m sure they will do an extravagant job of it, but hosting a tournament in a country with only one major city is a massive logistical risk. It either works or it doesn’t, and no amount of painting over the cracks will fix it if it doesn’t work.

    Furthermore, even if the capacity to satisfy the kind of movement and hosting of people needed to operate and run the tournament (never mind the fans), most of that would be unused after. Which is a risk I still think Qatar hasn’t seriously considered, so far they’ve only talked about the stadiums – not the rest of the infrastructure that will be required, which is far more costly than the stadiums.

    Stop turning this into a debate about nationality or ethnicity, and debate the issue rationally and logically.


    Of 19 world cups thus far 9 of them have been hosted outside of Europe, and the 20th is being held in Brazil- so what on earth are you babbling on about.

    As for why HALF of them are hosted in Europe, that’s where both a significant proportion of the teams and viewers are based – hence why matches are always kicked off to provide a good viewing time for the Central European time zone.


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