Why did Qatar even want the World Cup?

It seems a bunch of Qatari fans left early in their 2-0 loss to Ecuador.

It seems a bunch of Qatari fans left early in their 2-0 loss to Ecuador.
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The small Middle Eastern country – it’s known for that poor human rights situation – hosting the World Cup, but did Qatar really WANNA start it? Whichever government official was responsible for bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to their country must have wanted it badly enough to seize the initiative, but the enthusiasm of the locals surrounded the event.

The host country has never qualified for a World Cup, but it received an automatic offer to host the World Cup within its borders, and Sunday was the first tournament. 12 years of debate and anticipation led to this, as the world watched the only game of the opening day of the tournament, the Qatari fans walked out at half-time.

I can’t think of any other country in the world whose fans do that. Think back to 2014 and how passionate the Brazilian fans were. Now imagine if Brazil participated in the World Cup for the first time. Do you think fans would leave just because the team is losing? No, the fans would probably be in their seats long after the janitors finished sweeping the floor. These fans were left in tears watching as Germany beat Seleção Canarinho 7-1 in the semi-finals. There were plenty of reasons why Brazil shouldn’t have hosted the tournament either, but it was clear that many people wanted it.

Qatar is the first country to make its World Cup debut as a director since Italy in 1934. Ironically, Italy was the only host country to ever qualify. Not only did the Italians qualify, but the Azzurri won the whole thing.

Spoiler alert: Qatar will not win this World Cup. Hell, Qatar has no business playing in this tournament.

The quality of the team and the indifference of the fans both suggest that everyone already knew that this was one of the last places to host this event. How does it contribute to the discourse? Just wait until you hear how I think they got it. Money may have changed handsHowever Qatar has denied the bribery charge.

Big government and terrible human rights record aside, it still makes no sense. The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico, three countries that already have the infrastructure to host them. No new stadiums are being built, just an American stadium (Arrowhead Stadium) needs to be modernized. This could significantly reduce the number of construction worker deaths, of which there were an estimated 6,500 in preparation for the tournament in Qatar.

Bribing your way into hosting the event, dying by the thousands to build the stadiums, then nearly emptying those stadiums during the game as if you were Texas A&M fans is absurdly disrespectful.

At the opening ceremony, they showed all the home videos of the country’s princes playing football, showing that they really have a ‘football culture’. No one is happy that the World Cup is there, and that obviously includes the people of Qatar. If the Arab nation didn’t really want it, it seems they bought it just because they could.

Source: https://deadspin.com/did-qatar-even-want-the-world-cup-1849817059

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