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“Breaking Sepp” – Will Qatar 2022 Be Death By A Thousand Cuts For FIFA?

Written by on September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in World Cups

FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, was formed in Paris in 1904. For the first six plus decades of its existence the organization essentially operated as a club for distinguished older gentlemen.


The main accomplishment was a true stand-alone world championship for the sport and that came after the success of soccer at the summer Olympics. The first World Cup was held in 1930.

During that period the most divisive issue was the participation ….to read more please click on the link.

One response to ““Breaking Sepp” – Will Qatar 2022 Be Death By A Thousand Cuts For FIFA?”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Great piece, Bobby.

    It’s certainly possible that votes were “bought”, but the complaints still seem to be coming from nations who are more upset that their offers for the same votes apparently weren’t high enough. When hasn’t a world cup been bought?

    If anyone can air condition stadia it is the Qataris… cost is no option. That said, I’m not really in favour of a World Cup in a nation with such a limited history with the game. FIFA’s mantra has been to spread the game (often using the WC finals to do so), so perhaps this is not completely unexpected… but it was always going to be controversial (and remains so).

    As to the temperatures, well, it was unbelievably hot in Mexico in 1986… and FIFA was perhaps lucky there as that tournament had been scheduled for Colombia, which could have been hotter still. I recall temps at game time in Mexico City of well over 40 deg… 43 and 46 seem to stick in my mind… a long time ago.

    I’m not suggesting Qatar can’t be hotter than that (it certainly can), but if they are able to reduce the in stadium temps by even 8-10 degrees, they can probably come in under the precedent/limit set in Mexico in ’86. Games played in southern states at USA ’94 featured high temperatures also.

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