Just over an hour ago, FIFA announced the winning country’s bid for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and that winning country was Qatar. For the first time, the FIFA World Cup will be held in the Middle East and much of the world is thrilled about it. America, of course, lost its bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A huge surprise for many Americans it seems, but not remotely a surprise to most people outside the US. With Qatar, and much of the rest of the Middle East the winners, and America the losers, why did Qatar win the honor of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and America didn’t?
FIFA World Cup Never Hosted In Middle East Before – As the world gets ever bigger and the American-centric and Euro-centric worlds are coming to an end, it’s about time the FIFA World Cup was hosted somewhere in the Middle East. Middle Eastern countries are obsessed with football. Most Americans couldn’t care less. So it made little success to hold it in yet another Western country, when a Middle Eastern country had worked so hard to get it and its people wanted it.
Qatar Created An Amazing Bid and Presentation – You could see right from the beginning, Qatar wanted this. A bid that, at the beginning, seemed somewhat impossible due to the country’s intensely hot climate – Qatar averages 40 degrees (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer – Qatar pulled out all the stops to show they can create a successful World Cup nobody will ever forget. Even if the country is hot.
Qatar’s presentation showed they will build at least three new stadiums and renovate others. They will also create “carbon-neutral technology”, that will be used to cool match venues and training sites. Their bid, in fact, shows how much new construction they will be doing to be able to host the World Cup and, as they’re one of the richest countries in the world, they certainly have the money for it. In fact, Qatar winning the bid will bring in at least $14 billion new money to Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries, due to all the construction that will take place to prepare for it.
America, on the other hand, talked about how they already have all the infrastructure in place. Not really that inspiring.
Qatar Will Recycle Stadiums In Developing Countries After World Cup Ends – One thing the FIFA World Cup committee really liked was Qatar saying the new stadiums would be built out of modular-style building materials. This means, after the World Cup in 2022, Qatar will donate several of their stadiums to developing countries. This prevents Qatar being stuck with stadiums it will never use again, something that’s happened in the past in other countries, and will also gives developing countries a chance to have a world-class football stadium – a chance they may not have otherwise.
On the other hand, America’s presentation didn’t have anything particularly innovative. Hard to compete with a country like Qatar when that’s all you can do, but this type of presentation actually seems to be the ‘norm’ for America lately. Something akin to, “we’re really powerful and have all the infrastructure, so we deserve it. Choose us”. Yawn.
America’s Anti-Islamic Atmosphere Hasn’t Gone Unnoticed – Much of the world now realizes how anti-Islamic and how racist many Americans are towards Muslims. Many Americans might think it’s acceptable to call Muslims “terrorists” and be discriminatory towards them. Much of the rest of the world doesn’t. So, America’s racism towards Muslims hasn’t gone unnoticed but, with the FIFA World Cup 2022 bid, has gone unrewarded.
Rewarding it to a Muslim country wasn’t all about football either. That’s for sure.
WikiLeaks Likely Didn’t Help – With all the WikiLeaks releases lately putting America in an extremely bad light, it’s not surprising America didn’t win the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. When memos were released this week showing how Hillary Clinton directed diplomats to spy on allies, and other diplomats called America’s supposed ‘allies’ rude names, America’s allies might say “It’s okay” in public but really, it’s not.
I’ve lost count of people I’ve met in the last week who’ve talked about what a terrible country America is and what a scummy government they have (I live outside the US) so, that the FIFA Executive Committee decided not to vote for America – nope, no surprise there either.
The FIFA Executive Committee consists of members like England’s Geoff Thompson, (American diplomat memos slammed the UK’s prime minister this week), Michel Platini from France (France’s president was called rude names by US diplomats too), Russia’s Vitaly Mutko (US memos showed Americans diplomats making condescending comments about the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin) and Thailand’s Worawi Makudi (Thailand was just bullied by the US into extraditing a prisoner they didn’t want to extradite to the US and WikiLeaks memos released today proved the bullying).
Now, if you were on the FIFA Executive Committee and knew a member of your government had been spoken about by the Americans like they were dirt under their shoes or bullied to do something they didn’t want to do, would you be voting for America’s FIFA World Cup bid? Not bloody likely.
All in all, although somewhat of a surprise Qatar, a country of only 1.7 million people, won the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid, it’s not an unwelcome one. Qatar will likely do an incredible job too. In fact, I’m thinking I might be planning a trip. I already love Qatar Airlines, so why not take an extra flight with them!
Meanwhile, a big congratulations to Qatar. They deserve their 2022 FIFA World Cup winning bid. Good for them. And to America? Well……ya know…………
Qatar Awarded FIFA World Cup 2022 – FIFA.com