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Why did Qatar even want the World Cup?

It seems like a ton of Qatar fans left early during their 2-0 loss to Ecuador.

It seems like a ton of Qatar fans left early during their 2-0 loss to Ecuador.
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The small country in the Middle East, known for its poor human rights record – is hosting the World Cup, but did Qatar really WANT it to begin with? Any government official responsible for bringing the world’s biggest sporting event to his country must have wanted it enough to take the initiative, but the enthusiasm surrounding the event from the locals seems non-existent.

The host nation had never qualified for a World Cup before, but got an automatic bid to hold the World Cup within its borders and had its first game of the tournament on Sunday. With 12 years of controversy and anticipation up to this point, with the world watching the tournament’s only opening day match, Qatari 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 that Brazil competed in the World Cup. Do you think the supporters would leave just because the team was losing? No, the fans would probably still be in their seats long after the janitors finished sweeping the floors. These fans stayed and watched through tears as Germany beat Seleção Canarinho 7-1 in the semi-finals. There were many reasons why Brazil should not have hosted the tournament either, 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 ever required to qualify. Not only the Italians qualified, but the Azzuri won everything.

spoiler alert: Qatar is not going to win this World Cup. Hell, Qatar doesn’t have to play in this tournament.

The quality of the team and the indifference of the fans suggest that everyone already knew that this is one of the last places that should host this event. How’s that for contributing to the speech? Just wait until you hear how I think they got it. Money may have changed handsthough Qatar has denied the bribery allegations.

Fanatic government and appalling human rights record aside, it still doesn’t make any sense. The 2026 World Cup will take place in the US, Canada and Mexico, three countries that already have the necessary infrastructure to host. No new stadiums are being built, and only a US stadium (Arrowhead Stadium) will need to be upgraded. This should significantly reduce the number of construction worker fatalities, of which there were an estimated 6,500 in preparation for the tournament in Qatar.

Bribing to put on the event, causing thousands to die building the stadiums, and then nearly emptying those same stadiums during the game like Texas A&M fans is absurdly disrespectful.

The opening ceremony featured all the home videos of the country’s princes playing soccer they could find to show that they do, in fact, have a “soccer culture.” No one is happy that the World Cup is there, and that apparently includes the people of Qatar. If the Arab nation didn’t really want it, then it seems they just bought it because they could.

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