Thursday, December 23, 2010

FIFA World Cup 2022 In January?

There's been a lot of debate on whether or not Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup in January. It's become the hot subject amongst football today and although it would suit, the idea has enraged various Premier League managers. Ian Holloway & Mick McCarthy have blasted the idea, with Holloway labelling it "crazy". Harry Redknapp also said it would be impossible to play the tournament in the summer heat in Qatar.

On Tuesday the Players' Union confirmed they wanted it to be hosted in Winter as well as midday temperatures reaching up to 50C. Lionel Messi played in Qatar for Argentina back in November and there were no major problems there. Sven Goran Eriksonn has also made the point today that he thinks the World Cup should be hosted in Winter as he told of how every other major league worldwide has a Winter break and that proposed break should start after the 3rd round FA Cup ties.

I agree with FIFA's decision to play the tournament in Winter as the temperatures would be considerably lower and it would give the players a nice summer break from football. But with 12 years to go before we find out the final decision, I think there are more important things to be focusing on. It leads to more controversy surrounding Qatar's vote to host the World Cup. They were covered in controversy as news broke of how they sponsored Barcelona in a deal worth €125 million, gaining Pep Guardiola as an ambassador. They have also been reported to have approached Manchester United in an attempt to take over the club worth £1.5 billion.

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