Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will begin on November 21 and run until December 18. It will be the first not to be held during the European summer months.

In June, the normal month for the World Cup, temperatures in Arab countries range from 41.2 to 27.7 degrees, while in November they range from 29.5 to 19.5, less dangerous for players and the public.

Qatar, as the World Cup host nation, will be participating in the World Cup for the first time and will make their debut against Ecuador on November 21, in the second match of Group A, where Senegal and the Netherlands will also compete.

View of Lusail Stadium, home to the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
A view of the Lucille Stadium hosting the Qatar 2022 World Cup final. EFE/Alberto Estevez

The cup will bring together 32 teams who will play 64 games, spread across eight air-conditioned stadiums and separated from each other by a maximum distance of 58 km. Only one of them can be displayed Record of world cup champions.

The grand final will be held on December 18 at the Lusail Stadium – fifteen kilometers north of the capital Doha – where the opening ceremony will also take place 28 days before the World Cup begins.

Climate conditions, but also human and labor rights conditions at World Cup venues, make the tournament the center of attention beyond sports.

Controversy before the start of the World Cup

The selection of Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 has raised controversy and doubt about the way in which the World Cup hosts are nominated by FIFA, chosen by secret ballot of executive committee members. Controversy has grown over the Qatar venue as it has changed the usual opening months of the World Cup.

FIFA’s then-president, Sepp Blatter, justified Qatar’s selection by dissing the Arab world and asserted that it was “crazy” to consider its concessions and Russia 2018 money matters.

With allegations of bias, political motives, fraud and vote-buying in the air, FIFA launched an internal investigation into the incidents and went to court.
In 2014, the organization filed a complaint with the Swiss federal prosecutor’s office in Bern for possible misconduct by some people related to the judging process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but the decision closed its internal investigation without sanctions. No irregularities..

As a result of this decision by Hans-Joachim Eckert, then president of the Resolution Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, former US prosecutor Michael J. Garcia resigned, for which he investigated the incident. A year and produced a 350-page report that FIFA has not released in its entirety.

Qatar 2022’s unusual calendar affects other competitions

The date change due to weather, which alters the usual World Cup start dates, means hosting the first pre-Christmas World Cup in history, which will change leagues, calls, holidays and qualification tournaments in football around the planet.

UEFA president Aleksandar Ceferin assured in an interview with EFE that “UEFA has done everything possible to minimize the impact of the Winter World Cup on players’ rest and our competition.

Ceferin said all national teams will have “sufficient time to prepare”. The men’s competition will finish the group stage before November 3 and the final will be played in June instead of May.

“It will be a World Cup to remember. The football infrastructure of the host country looks very impressive and playing in winter will make it unique”, highlighted the UEFA top representative.

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