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How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario

Written by on June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Posted in World Cups

The Sunday Times story of “Mohamed bin Hamman’s secret campaign to bring the World Cup to the Gulf,” is another episode in a narrative that that will not die.

The series of articles published earlier today details the lengths that Bin Hamman, a former FIFA vice-president, to read more please click on the link.


and there is more over at Soccerly.com

Iconic moments and personal memories from a dozen World Cups.

1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990 and more to follow in the next few days.



2 responses to “How The 2022 World Cup Could Reach A Doomsday Scenario”

  1. Rob says:

    The real shame is that this was known all the way back in 2010 when this was awarded. I remember coming on here, or maybe it was your previous blog site, and saying that it was obvious that the Qatari’s had paid for the WC. In fact, not even a week later, I believe, a report came out saying that this WC was paid for.

    Back then everyone said, so what? So my question now is why the big uproar? It was obvious that this corruption was going on, why the feign reactions?

  2. John Bladen says:

    I agree it is a mess, Bobby, but barring the potential ‘proof’ angle, how is it significantly different than FIFA’s previous “give us cash we give you WC” campaigns?

    In nearly all cases since the 1970s (and one suspects far before that as well), the right to hold the World Cup has gone to the highest bidder, not the best footballing nation or most logical/rational choice.

    The conditions will be appalling if they play in June/July 2022. But will it be significantly worse than playing in open air (in some cases, without even spectator roofs) facilities in Mexico in ’86? Hotter probably… but significantly less humidity. I remember many of the players complaining (and some needing medical attention for heat related issues) during the group stages in Mexico.

    In the end, Qatar likely bought a world cup. I struggle to understand on what moral ground anyone in North America or Europe can reasonably object to that. FIFA payola has been done before (one might even call it business as usual), and the human rights abuses alleged surely can be no worse than in places like China, South Africa, Russia or – historically – Germany.

    So who will cast the first stone?

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