The 2018 FIFA World Cup concludes on Sunday as France take on Belgium in the final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Once the drama in Russia is all over thoughts will quickly turn to the next edition of the tournament which will take place in Qatar in 2022.
Here’s a look at the logo:
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New post (logo qatar 2022 – Buscar con Google…) has been published on Fifa World Cup – https://t.co/baLwOft45P https://t.co/8LoCbH6j2J
The decision to award the World Cup to Qatar provoked controversy due to concerns over the country’s ability to successfully host the tournament. Allegations of corruption regarding the bidding process also arose, but the hosts have been cleared of any wrong-doing, per BBC Sport.
Qatar will become the first country in the Middle East to host a World Cup. The hot summer temperatures in the country mean it has been scheduled to take place in the winter. The 2022 World Cup is due to run from November 21 to December 18.
Sky Sports News showed the difference in temperatures:
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Qatar won the World Cup on a summer tournament bid – when the average maximum temperature is over 40 degrees. #SSNHQ http://t.co/ZbcIwl3qk9
Moving the World Cup to winter is a controversial move and means disruption to domestic leagues. Football associations will have to find a way to work around the tournament, and it could mean starting some seasons earlier.
There has been speculation the next World Cup could be expanded to 48 teams. The proposal was on the agenda of a FIFA Council meeting in June but is problematic, as shown by Rob Harris of the Associated Press:
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Sense from within FIFA Council meeting is FIFA realising how problematic it would be expanding Qatar 2022 to 48 teams, requiring spreading games in Gulf – a significant alteration to the bidding proposals from 2010 vote & hosting agreements https://t.co/OqAwKidlIV
Expanding the World Cup in Qatar also looks difficult as the country has already had to reduce the number of stadiums it plans on using. Originally there were 12 stadiums set to be included, but that has now been reduced to eight because of rising costs, per PA Sport (h/t Sky Sports).
The Qatar Foundation showed off one of the stadiums:
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One of Qatar’s eight stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is located in #EducationCity! ⚽🏟️ Do you know the nickname of the stadium? Here is a hint to help you: 💎 #QatarFoundation #Russia #Qatar #SeeYouIn2022 #WorldCup2018 https://t.co/xShVVDRboe
The construction of the World Cup stadiums is another controversial issue. Workers have been subjected to “potentially life-threatening heat and humidity” and “hundreds of workers are dying every year,” per Human Rights Watch (h/t the Guardian‘s David Conn).
The 2018 World Cup saw disappointment for two of the greatest players ever to grace the game as Lionel Messi’s Argentina were knocked out in the last 16 along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Messi will be 35 by the time the next World Cup swings around but is being tipped to feature by football journalist Euan McTear:
Ronaldo looks unlikely to retire for some time after signing a four-year deal with Juventus. He has said he feels it is possible for players to continue playing until the age of 40 if they look after themselves, per Marca (h/t ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan).
It’s unlikely the pair will still be at the very top of the world’s game in 2022 and new stars have already started to emerge. France’s teenage striker Kylian Mbappe shone in Russia and will still only be 23 by the time the tournament in Qatar begins.