The Qatar World Cup bid may not have been taken seriously at first. Instead of focusing on the Qatar World Cup bid as a potential success, many focused on the U.S. and Australia bids instead. After all, they were more traditional powers, with America having hosted one of the most profitable Cups ever in 1994. Yet it was a small but very rich Middle Eastern power that took the honors and will host soccer’s greatest tournament in 2022. Since Qatar’s bid was a success, many are now scrambling to learn more about who they are.
Although many Americans may not have heard of the county – or just know it from a battle scene in Transformers – the government knows very well who they are. As a neighbor to Saudi Arabia, it has strategic importance, and is extremely wealthy.
The biggest concern about the Qatar World Cup bid may have been the country’s size, since it is on par with Connecticut. Yet this relatively small area, which holds 1.3 million people, will have to host a major international tournament – in 110+ degree summer weather.
The nation already promised that every stadium would be air conditioned, but the heat will undoubtedly be a huge subplot. Since it is the first Middle Eastern nation to host the tournament, security will also be publicized over and over. In addition, rowdy soccer fans may have to keep it down, although Qatar does sell alcohol to those with permits. FIFA is planning ahead by preparing “drinking zones” for those who can’t hold their liquor.
With the success of the bid, it can be a huge and positive step in PR for the Middle East. South Africa had the same idea just this year, as their brutal past, and present-day turmoil, did not keep them from being the first African host. Of course, the vuvuzelas might have negated some of their more positive buzz.
The country has 12 years to get everything ready, and it stands to be a rather difficult task. Even larger nations like Brazil have had a hard time with it, as the Brazilians continue to struggle before the 2014 World Cup. Yet Qatar has even more time in advance, and definitely has deep enough pockets for any renovation.
Today’s victory took a lot of experts by surprise, especially since it was over America. Yet the Qatar World Cup bid proved that being the biggest and most powerful nation doesn’t count for anything. This proved that any nation with the right bid can have a chance – although it is one thing to be chosen, and another to actually pull off the job.
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