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The Right Choices for the World Cup?

Updated on December 10, 2010

2018 and 2022

Last week FIFA, the governing body for international soccer, made its choices for the venues for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022. In 2018 it will be held in Russia and in 2022, it will be held in Qatar.

Russia

The Federation of Russia
The Federation of Russia
The Metro in Moscow
The Metro in Moscow

Russia

I think that the choice of Russia as the host for the 2018 World Cup is a good one.

It is in line with FIFA's policy, of hosting the games as widely as possible. Russia is the largest country in the world and covers one ninth of all Earths land masses. Also, Eastern Europe has never hosted the games before.

I do not think that Russia will "drop the ball" on this occasion. It is determined to show the world that it is capable of hosting world events and I believe that they will put all efforts into making this a success.


Qatar

Map of Qatar
Map of Qatar
Doha - Capital of Qatar
Doha - Capital of Qatar
Khalifa. International Stadium in Qatar
Khalifa. International Stadium in Qatar

Qatar

Qatar, pronounced KA-tar as opposed to KAT-ar, for the choice for 2022, I am not so sure about.

Yes, it again falls in line with FIFA's policy of bringing the games to new nations. I am also sure that Qatar will make itself a perfect venue, as far as the facilities go. After all, it is a country with the second highest, per capita, GDP in the world and so can afford it.

My concern is that it is an Islamic country and although it has a mix of civil and shari'a law, making it a little less strict, than some of its' Islamic counterparts, it is still strict on the use of alcohol.

Unlike some of its' neighbors, it is not illegal to consume alcohol in Qatar. However, there are some strict laws as to where and how you do it. Currently alcohol consumption is restricted to a few properly licensed clubs and it is illegal to either drink alcohol in public or to be drunk.

Many soccer supporters throughout the world, consider drinking alcohol a necessary part of their support. It may then give Qatar a problem in filling their stadiums.

If Qatar was to relax some of its laws during the World Cup, would it bring its own problems to the country, both during and after the finals?


World Cup 2022

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      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I don't think they should relax their laws on alcohol. And I don't think the alcohol thing would mean that ticket sales would suffer at all - UNLESS the issue is picked up by the media and blown all out of proportion: and the media does this all the time, and then it ends up being the catalyst for consequences that it was urging us to avoid!

      Nah, it would do some people good to stay sober for a while anyway! And there's no reason why anyone's enjoyment of the World Cup should be lessened because they can't have a pint. I'll have no sympathy for anyone who moans about this ... in 12 years' time!

      Linda.

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