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The Final Words On The 2011 Asian Cup – Thank You, Qatar

Written by on February 1, 2011 | 38 Comments »
Posted in Asian Cup

What a miserable winter we are having this year, here in The Big Apple. The snow that has been falling since Christmas, it seems, will stay with us until spring. The mood of the people that usually goes gloomy in winter, is reaching another low.

And here it comes the Asian cup to lift the spirit and provide a temporary relief of it all.

Although, the curtain has come down on the most successful Asian cup in history, on the field that is, people will be talking about it for awhile. It will be a measuring stick for what it promises to be the most talked about tournament in the history of human communication, the World Cup 2022.

It’s still 11 years away, yet, in less than two months, the Qatar 2022 has already generated more articles, blogs and comments than Brazil 2014 did in three years. Opposing voices are still heard every now and then, especially here in the USA, which makes me wonder if the sour grapes would ever ripen.

Many people raised doubts about Qatar’s ability to host such a massive tournament. The small attendance, the summer heat and the social restrictions are some of the issues that have been and will be discussed for a very long time.

I have a great faith that the organizing committee and FIFA will do all they can to make things very comfortable for the visiting fans and they have 11 years to do so.

But for the overwhelming majority of fans, who will be watching from home, they are in for a special treat when time comes.

One thing that Qatar doesn’t lack is money. And with money they will be able to attract the best experts and most advanced technology.

As we have seen in this cup, the TV production was as good as the last World Cup.

The many cameras at the ground covered almost every small detail of the game. Some of the shots were masterpieces. It provided a wonderful and enjoyable experience for the TV and internet audiences all around the world.

Moreover, the analytic graphs provided for players speed and distance covered with the drawings of where every player and team spent most of their playing time were MIT stuff.

There is no secret that the majority of FIFA revenue comes from TV contracts. And although FIFA wants to present the perfect tournament on the ground, their main focus will always be on the best TV production.

With the massive strides that TV and internet technology are making, there is no telling where it will take us. It has already broken boundaries beyond measure. A tournament can be held in the most extreme conditions and still being enjoyed by the whole world.

Japan, in its bid for 2022, offered a world cup with life-sized holograms as a new method of broadcasting. It sounded like sci-fi movie from Hollywood. But who can say that with the Qatari money and the Japanese technology, these things won’t happen in 2022?

No matter what happens in Qatar, and regardless of the weather conditions in New York City, summer or winter, I am now more confident that the WC 2022 will be one to remember for ever.

And I have the Qataris to thank.

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38 responses to “The Final Words On The 2011 Asian Cup – Thank You, Qatar”

  1. John Bladen says:

    I agree, Gus.

    Much of the complaining is just sour grapes. The Qataris will put on a top class world cup. And the payola talk applies just as much to past world cups (in countries we know very well but won’t mention) as it does to the future.

  2. Derek Taylor says:

    Thanks for all your work Gus. English-language information on tournaments like this is often weak. You’ve livened things up for the lot of us.

  3. Soccerlogical says:

    Gusey – One more article on The 2011 Asian Cup and I am going Egypt on you!

    Just kiddin’ Mubaerk.


  4. Gus Keri says:


    You’re welcome
    I am happy to know that you appreciate it

  5. Gus Keri says:


    Egypt in Asia?

    I never thought the Egyptian people uprising would move the country.

  6. Soccerlogical says:

    It was joke at how you won’t drop the Asian Cup thing like Mubarek not letting go of his reign. Hence the Egypt revolt reference… get it? guess not.


  7. Gus Keri says:


    You could see from the title that I did what Mubarek is refusing to do.
    They were my final words

  8. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    I, for one, am very interested in the type of technology which is going to air condition open air stadia in 50C sauna country. Good luck with that. More likely that the WC will be moved to the winter months.

  9. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    And you can’t air condition an entire country. For the health of both the fans and especially the players the WC should, and will, be moved to the winter time. Can you imagine the potential legal liability issues if it is played in the summer? The country will be filled with ambulance chasing lawyers if it’s held in the summer with the very real possibility of cases of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even heat related deaths occurring which are legally forseeable. Worst case scenario, a player dies due to heat related issues. Something no one wants to see. Just move the WC to January as was done with the Asian Cup.

  10. Theo van Arshavregas says:


    Promise me this is your final piece on the Asian Cup for four years? To be honest, I’m suffering from acute Asian Cup exhaustion 🙂

  11. guskeri says:


    I truely believe that the WC 2022 will be played in the winter months.

    Blatter, Platini, Beckenbauer and other big officials want it moved.

    Bin hammam seems to reject this idea but I think he is playing a political game. I suspect that he wants to run against Blatter for the FIFA presidency. He is trying to please the Europeans, who reject the winter WC also, to get their votes.

    But even if the WC stayed in the Summer, they are planing to air-condition all the areas where the fans will be present; The stadiums and the fan zones.

    They will convert the sun energy into cold air. They have done so in one of their stadium and invited many of the FIFA officals and other soccer personalities to attend a game in it.

    They all were in awe of it. the temperature in the stadium was around 20 at a time when outside was in the 40s.

    This I believe convinced FIFA that it’s doable.

    Finally, I was planning a 5-parts review of the Asian cup but now that I read your plea, I will reconsider.

  12. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    Air conditioning open air stadia? Surely this is fantasy Gus. Were you in attendance at the event you described and can personally attest to its effectiveness? I’m not a rocket scientist but it seems to me that any A/C in an open environment would be released into that open environment. Therefore, largely defeating the intended purpose. Much like opening your car window when the A/C is on. I haven’t heard that they will create domed stadia. And, again, you cannot A/C the entire country. Teams need to train somewhere, travel within the country, etc. Remember that people are coming from all corners of the globe. Most of whom aren’t aclimatized to such onerous weather.

  13. Gus Keri says:


    [You keep changing your name. Give us a notice when you do so.]

    Any way, these are not my words and I have never been to any of these stadia. These are statements made by some of soccer personalities who attended a game in an airconditioned stadium in Qatar.

    Of course, nothing imposible if you have the money to do it.

    From the physics point of view, airconditioning a stadium is not like airconditioning a car with an open windows.

    Cold air is heavier than hot air and therefore, it will descend from the roof of the stadium to the ground level and stay throughout the game as long as the generators are working.

    The fast moving car will prevent the cold air from staying in the car for long time. It will be mixed with the hot air from outside very fast.

    I didn’t mention that the training grounds also being considered for airconditioning.
    In other words, all the important places where players and fans will be present are being considered. Hotels, trasportation vehicles, training grounds, fan zones and stadia.

    It would be much cheaper if they held it in the winter, though.

  14. Gus Keri says:

    Suarez is starting on the bench for Liverpool vs. Stoke. Also, Garragher is ont he bench.

    Carroll is still injured.

    The starting line up:

    Reina, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Agger, Kelly, Johnson, Lucas, Aurelio, Gerrard, Meireles, Kuyt.

  15. Gus Keri says:

    Liverpool – Stoke: 0-0 (at the half)

    Liverpool has the better possession and opportunities at goal. A brilliant save prevented Johnson from scoring on a header.

    I don’t know why Dalglish playing so defensive at home with this awkward formation.
    It looks like 5-4-1 on defense and 3-4-2-1 on attack.

  16. Gus Keri says:

    Suarez making his debut at the 63rd minute

  17. Gus Keri says:

    Suarez scored in the 79th minute.
    2-0 for Liverpool

  18. Gus Keri says:

    Liverpool – Stoke: 2-0 (full time)

    Meireles and Suarez scored

    It’s good to see that the team has not been affected by the turbulent events of the last few days.

    The atmosphere, though, is not as boisterous as usual. The mood of the crowd is a little down. Even the “you’ll never walk alone” theme is not as loud and long as usual.

    I guess the crowds are still in shock.

    But at least Suarez got off to a good start.
    Let’s hope it’s “the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.
    {Ok.. I know I stole it.}

  19. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    Just like Liverfool stole, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Celtic eh Gus? Well congrats on the win Gus. Heaven knows you poor souls need the points. That Suarez ‘goal’ was an own goal btw and I imagine it will be corrected post mortem.

    Try this one Gus, keep the windows closed in your car and open only the moon roof with the A/C blasting. I wonder where all the cool air will go? Me thinks it will go outside. All this warm air is hotter and therefore it will rise sounds great in theory but in practice, in an open air stadium, good luck with that. People will need their own personal A/C supply blasting them in the face for it to work.

    Name change due to Nasri hammy injury. The little Ruskie has to step up in his place for the time being.

  20. Theo van Arshavregas says:


    So, I hear there is a big game on Sunday in Merseyside. How much do you think Chel$ki will pump the Scousers by? And how much of said pumping will be the result of El Nino? This one will be interesting to say the least. I don’t have a dog in the fight but I’ll be in front of the tele with my popcorn and MGD.

  21. Gus Keri says:


    1- The goal should be given to Suarez.
    The ball was going to the goal when the defender tried to prevent it. He failed and the ball hit the post and ended in the goal.

    2- If you are driving and you open the moon roof, the force of the moving air on the top of the car will enter the car and create a sucking effect that will pull the cold air out of the car.

    Have you tried it when the car is parked and see if the cold air leave the car?

    3- Regarding Nasri, it’s bad for Arsenal to see him injured. He is the best Arsenal player right now.

  22. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    You guys are the EPL’s version of a soap opera. Better than “As the World Turns”. How about “As the Scouser Turns”?

  23. Gus Keri says:


    Sunday’s game is in London.

    I don’t see Torres as a starter and if Chelsea is winning the coach might not use him at all.

    Because the game is in London, I don’t anticipate any problem.

  24. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    Forgot to mention to keep the car parked. I’ve tried it before. Doesn’t work so well. Sounds nice in theory …

    As for that “sucking effect”, that was the sound of the English Segunda Division that LFC was hearing during the earlier part of your season. It seems to have quieted down for the moment.

    Even the commentator said after the game that it should be an own goal. The defender got to it, who did not deflect it, but failed to clear it. Therefore, it should be an own goal. That is my take too. I believe it was Curbishley that said it.

  25. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    It’s in the big city? Oh boy. How are you going to get points from that one? I wouldn’t be surprised if El Nino starts. You don’t pay £50M for a spectator and what better time to utilize him? They’d love to rip you boys another one as too would Torres. And the lad is match fit. It’s not a Suarez situation.

  26. Gus Keri says:

    I am glad that the sucking effect is gone.

    I am not expecting a win at Chelsea. I am hoping they will give them a good game.

    And in regard to your “rip you boys”, I don’t see it this way. There is no hatred between the two clubs over what happened. It was business as usual.

    The problem is between Torres and the Liverpool fans. this will manisfest itself in the next Anfield match between the two. And by that time, if things are going so well for Liverpool, they actually might forget and forgive him.

  27. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    Oh, Gus. I love your enthusiasm but you are rather naive. Torres must be itching to play the Pool and I suspect very much would love to rip you fellas a new one. If I were him I would.

    And knowing that, I’m sure the human eyebrow will try to capitalize on it. We shall see. I know my popcorn will be ready.

  28. GO FOREST YOU REDS says:

    nice call yesterday on the Gunners over efc.i guess i learned yesterday i do not understand offside.i hear theo and song might be dinged do you think Anelka will be the odd man out?Forest keeps winning GO YOU REDS!

  29. Theo van Arshavregas says:


    After watching some of the match, I’m not sure the officials yesterday are intimate with the laws of the game either. Word is that the match official, Mason, had a howler. As for the alleged offside, I am now a fervent believer that only females should man the lines. Where is Sian when you need her?

    Theo only got his foot stepped on. He should be okay. Song, I’m not so sure. I’ll have to look it up.

    I suspect that Anelka will be part of a rotation system with Torres and Drogba. However, for the big games I see him next to the eyebrow while both Torres and Drogba get the call. But that’s me. What the eyebrow does we will all find out.

    I saw that your boys won yesterday. Congrats. If you keep it up maybe you can play in the beautiful stadium (the shrine) next year. You and Gus can share seats beside each other but only after the two of you convert. Don’t worry, it’s not like Islam after you convert as you won’t get your head lopped off. Nice cozy seats at the Grove and no need for A/C either.

  30. Gus Keri says:


    Is it double standard or what?

    The two goals are similar, somehow.

    The Stoke defender didn’t deflect the ball and also the Arsenal defender didn’t deflect the ball.

    Both defenders assumed control of the ball, but failed to do it well, according to your definition.

  31. GO FOREST YOU REDS says:

    if i have been thru hell being a Forest fan the last thing i would do is convert to the gunners.i think the best thing would be for AFC to remember how intimate the City Grounds are.your goaltender is also out for the season.mcfc sort of spit the bit today.before i give you a cap on your A in your screen name your nesting doll is going to have to keep producing.Nasri is a huge loss.
    i think you and Gus are going to have to meet at the wind tunnel and some smoke to get to the bottom of the a/c question.

  32. Theo van Arshavregas says:


    No. You’re putting words in my mouth and trying to make parallels.

    The Stoke defender got to the ball that was going in. That is true. But the Stokey should have been able to clear the ball but muffed it. Sort of like an unforced error in tennis. The Stokey failed in his attempt to properly clear the ball past the post but was successful at hitting it off the post. Own goal. The first look I had of it that’s what I said and Alan Curbishley said so too.

    Saha was in an offside position once the ball was played. The fact that Koscielny tried to play it is irrelevant. Kos tried to kick it away but was unsuccessful. If Kos tried a back pass to the keeper then Saha would not have been offside. But Kos was trying to clear it, unsuccessfully, and not trying a back pass. Offside. Moyes admitted as much after the match.

    Apples and oranges Gus. I think the snow might be clouding your judgement. How is it in NYC btw?

  33. Gus Keri says:


    Where is in the laws of the game they said that “kick the ball away” and “back pass” would make a difference in the offside decision?

    and is “The Stokey failed in his attempt to properly clear the ball” different from “Kos tried to kick it away but was unsuccessful”? It’s all about did the player assume possession of the ball or not?

    I don’t care what Moyes or Curbishly are saying. Many offside decisions are debatable and even the experts disagree.

    if Everton’s goal is offside, then the Liverpool goal was scored by Suarez. And if the Everton goal is onside, then the other goal is an own goal. It’s the same interpretation.

    I believe in the first scenario, though.

    And by the way, NYC missed the storm this time, thank God. So, my mind is very clear.

  34. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    I don’t believe possession is the key here. Almost all own goals are scored without possession being a factor. Most are deflected into the net. I believe the Suarez goal v own goal is a debate. I believe it was an own goal for reasons I’ve already stated. The Saha offside is hardly debatable and was a clear offside. Anyone thinking otherwise is not fit to be officiating. Someone like Mason and his linesman for example. We need Massey on the line!

  35. Theo van Arshavregas says:


    Are you related to Brown Bear? You are both fervent LFC fans. You both like to copy and paste the words of those you are debating with in an attempt to use those words to torpedo them. I’m seeing parallels here …

  36. Gus Keri says:



    It’s a big word, man.

    UA and me are both from the animal kingdom. But I am the talking one and he is the growling one.

  37. Theo van Arshavregas says:

    Agreed on UA, who might better be penned Ursus Arctos Horribilis (UAH).

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