Friday, December 3, 2010


When world football chief Sepp Blatter revealed that Russia and Qatar won the battle to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, I was in shock. I can understand the choice of Russia who had held various Olympic Games before, but Qatar?

I know of the various plus factors Qatar brings to the table; rich, relatively stable, in a region that never held the World Cup before, but Qatar has a huge minus; Qatar has never played in a World Cup before! In fact in the last few World Cups, Qatar didn’t even come close to qualifying for the World Cup.

Their national team sucks and as host they will be in automatically! In South Africa 2010, South Africa became the first host to be knocked out in the first round of the competition and unless something change real fast, Qatar is going to go one better and be the first host to be knocked out after losing all their games.


Anonymous said...

don't worry,Qatar has the money to import players

Ghost said...

They better get the cheque out in a hurry then because they will need it. Still doesn't answer the question: Why Qatar? People can accept Russia but Qatar? Crazy choice

Natalie said...

Yeah, the whole thing is odd. Qatar is a great central location, and nice weather...?

Ghost said...

I think that's the main problem. Qatar seems to have a lot more minus than plus for the World Cup. Even FIFA seems surprised they won.