In December 2010, controversial FIFA president Sepp Blatter shocked the world by awarding Qatar, a country smaller in size than the Isle Of Man, the right to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Ever since that decision, numerous reports and allegations have come out about corruption playing a major role in the decision. This was no surprise, with Qatar's gross national income reaching 161.8 billion PPP dollars by 2011 and there being a rise in influential Qataris such as the former football administrator and president of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohammed bin Hammam.
With another investigation concluding next week, which could see another election for deciding the host of the 2022 World Cup, Blatter is under significant pressure to make what many feel is the rightful decision: take away the right for Qatar to host the tournament.
But what are the several things that Qatar's bid have going against them?
The sweltering temperatures, which can reach over 40°C daily in summer, have meant that if the tournament was to go ahead in the country in 2022, it would have to be played in winter. This would surely, not only complicate the club football schedules around the world but it will surely also tire the players out due to them playing league matches beforehand. Never before has a World Cup been moved to the winter and the idea itself is likely to be unpopular with many.
The possibility of playing a World Cup in the summer in arguably the hottest area on earth is almost certainly out of the question. It is impossible for players to play in that heat and even if the competition is moved to the winter, temperatures will still likely to reach between 25°C and 35°C, which is tough in itself.
It's not only the players we should be worried about however. Astonishingly, since Qatar began preparations for their planned 12 stadiums, over 1200 builders have died due to the ridiculous heat that they were forced to work in.
If that is the result for the builders, what is going to be like for the players?
Qatar's plan for 12 (later reduced to eight) stadiums, which includes the 86,250 capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium in Al Daayen, seems even more unrealistic considering the small size of the country, which measures at just 11,437 km2. What's more, if it goes ahead, the final will be played in Lusail, a city that does not even exist yet.
Not only will it be difficult to fit the stadiums in, but the accommodation for the hundreds of players and thousands of fans who make the trip to play and support at football's greatest event. As of 2012, Qatar's population measures at only 2.051 million people.
There has already been massive concerns over whether the country will meet the hectic transport and accommodation responsibilities that come with hosting a World Cup.
The lack of space is likely to take away the attractiveness and excitement of travelling to the World Cup finals. The heat is going to make fans uncomfortable, but if there is not suitable accommodation for fans, the Qataris could be in for a high level of complaints coming their way.
If the huge task of building the stadiums is not enough, training facilities are almost certainly going to be hard to come by. Over £48 billion has been spent on training facilities already and that number is expected to increase by 2022.
A footballing nation?
Many are no doubt questioning whether or not Qatar are really a country of footballing passion. In terms of the national team, which was founded in 1960 and is 95th on the FIFA rankings list, they have never qualified for a World Cup tournament and do not boast a single player who plays outside the country.
Their league is certainly not of a suitable quality to match the very best around the world and one could fear for them if they do come up against some of the top quality nations.
Their squad is fairly inexperienced also, with only keeper Qasem Burhan, captain Bilal Mohammed, midfielder Khalfan Ibrahim and 97 cap striker Sebastián Soria passing 50 caps for their country. Their head coach is Algerian and former Southampton striker Djamel Belmadi, who is extremely inexperienced due to his previous coaching jobs of Qatar B and Qatari club Lekhwiya.
Their fans are not known for being passionate about football and the footballing support is certainly going to be made up from other countries.
With corruption a high suspicion and the FIFA investigation concluding next week, it is highly uncertain whether or not Qatar will still have the right to host the tournament.
However, one thing is for sure, despite the many millions in trying to make this tournament work, Qatar is not a country that is fit for hosting the 2022 World Cup.
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