There has been much recent controversy over the 'handling' of awarding the World Cup finals to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.
Bribery allegations aside, holding the World Cup in either country could be a huge mistake. Here I'm going to attempt to explain why.
Controversy rife with Russia
The 2018 World Cup decision is controversial for many reasons; firstly because the vastness of Russia makes it very difficult for fans to travel easily between matches and also because the Russian league has very little appeal outside of (and very limited appeal within) the country. Though it does have considerable stadia.
Qatar is a poor choice for very different reasons. At 4,467 square miles, it is considered by many as simply being far too small to host the largest sporting event in the world. Also, it has no history of holding any major sporting events, nor does it have a public transport system, nor the right stadia, nor the minimal required infrastructure.
Everything has had to be built from scratch, and, as a result, in a few years time it is feared it will all become unused and obsolete, similar to stadiums in South Africa and Brazil. All of this and playing in 40C heat only adds to the frustration of many.
Of course, football is a world sport and the World Cup needs to visit the globe. Doomsayers and the glass-half-empty brigade become panicky when it leaves Europe and unjustifiably predict instant chaos. USA '94, Japan and Korea '02, South Africa '10 and Brazil '14, all went brilliantly actually, thank you very much. So evidently geography is not an immediate problem.
The issue at hand
The real problem is this: England, the world renowned home of football, has not seen the World Cup since 1966. Four of the biggest European footballing countries, France, Italy, Spain and Germany have and have all won it too.
Each has the passionate fans and the secure infrastructure which forms the very basis of hosting the tournament, yet England has had these too, and for longer.
The top English league is the most watched, admired and competitive in world football, drawing the biggest global audience, generating the highest revenue, being the most original, the oldest and most established.
Yet for all of these overwhelming qualities, hosting the main event seems years away.
Whilst the FIFA shenanigans and controversies continue, England can justifiably claim the icing on the proverbial cake; we are ready to host the World Cup finals today. Yes, today. We have the people, the secure infrastructure, the passion, the love, the long established traditions and the best stadiums.
Football fans, should England be given the chance to host a World Cup soon? Let us know in the comments box below.
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