The small Middle Eastern country — known for poor human rights record — is the host of the World Cup, but did Qatar really WANT it to start? Whatever government officials were responsible for bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to their country must have wanted it enough to take the initiative, but the enthusiasm surrounding the event from the locals seems to be non-existent.
The host nation has never qualified for a World Cup before, but received an automatic bid to host the World Cup on home soil and had its first tournament match on Sunday. With 12 years of controversy and anticipation leading up to this moment, with the world watching the lone match of the opening day of the tournament, Qatar’s fans were leaving at half-time.
I can’t think of any other country in the world whose fans would do that. Think back to 2014 and how passionate the Brazilian fans were. Now imagine if it was the first time Brazil competed in a World Cup. Do you think fans would leave just because the team was losing? No, the fans would probably still be in their seats long after the janitors had finished mopping the floors. Those fans were left watching in tears as Germany beat Seleção Canarinho 7-1 in the semi-finals. There were many reasons why Brazil should not host the tournament, but it was clear that many people wanted it.
Qatar is the first country to make its World Cup debut as a host nation since Italy in 1934. Ironically, Italy was the only host nation that ever had to qualify. Not only did the Italians qualify, but the Azzurri won the aggregate.
Spoiler alert: Qatar is not going to win this World Cup. Hell, Qatar has no business playing in this tournament.
The quality of the team and the indifference of the fans show that everyone already knew, that this is one of the last places that should host this competition. How’s that for contributing to the discussion? Just wait until you hear how I think they figured it out. Money may have changed handsNevertheless Qatar has denied the bribery allegations.
Apart from bigoted government and terrible human rights, it makes no sense. The 2026 World Cup will be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico, three countries that already have the necessary infrastructure to host. New stadiums are not just being built one US stadium (Arrowhead Stadium) should be upgraded. This should greatly reduce the number of construction worker deaths, of which there were about 6,500 in preparation for the tournament in Qatar.
To bribe the organization of the event, die by the thousands building the stadiums, and then virtually empty those stadiums during the game as if you were Texas A&M fans is absurdly disrespectful.
The opening ceremony featured every video of the country’s princes playing soccer they could find to show that they actually have a “soccer culture.” No one is happy that the World Cup exists, and that obviously includes the people of Qatar. If the Arab nation didn’t actually want it, then it seems they bought it because they could.