As many of you know, I LOVE World Cup soccer. So when I heard that Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup instead of the United States, I was pretty upset.
To me, itâ€™s simply amazing, downright suspicious and ridiculous that a nation that has to build nine new stadiums and renovate five of their existing stadiums because they, at the moment, couldnâ€™t host an Major League Soccer game, was awarded the world’s largest single-sport event. Oh, and they also promised an outdoor air conditioning system, which currently doesn’t exist but MIGHT in 2022, to help offset the average high June and July temperatures of 115 degrees.
The United States would have used 18 stadiums to host the World Cup, including several that are in use now. And that’s not including a proposed new stadium in Minneapolis and Los Angeles and the new 49ers stadium in San Francisco that would have been likely candidates to host games. Oh, and guess what else we have, INFRASTRUCTURE!
Qatar sits smack dab in the Middle East, basically between all the normal hot spots. It is slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut and could fit inside North Dakota 16 times.
Former U.S. national star Eric Wynalda told The Associated Press, “Basically, oil and natural gas won today. This was not about merit, this was about money.” He added that Qatar “is really going to struggle to host this event. A successful World Cup would mean the attendance would be twice the population.”
All you need to know about the country politically can be found in this article, where the Qatar Prime Minister said he supports Iran having nuclear technology as long as itâ€™s for a â€œpeacefulâ€ purpose. Thatâ€™s like saying I support a convicted murdererâ€™s right to bear arms as long as they donâ€™t use them to kill anyone.
I asked a friend, who is an Air Force pilot currently on his second tour in Qatar what he thought about the country and this is what he said: â€œItâ€™s funny, when we get to go off base, we have to wear a collared shirt, nothing patriotic, and dress sensibly so we donâ€™t get murdered. Should be interesting to see what kind of crowds the World Cup brings.â€
There you have it soccer fans planning a trip to Doha for the 2022 World Cup â€¦ dress sensibly and donâ€™t show any support for your country whatsoever. Your life depends on it.