Football World Cup 2022

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October 17, 2021

The final round of the 2022 World Cup (English FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022) will be the 22nd staging of the most important tournament for men's national soccer teams and is to be held in the Gulf state of Qatar. In March 2015 it was finally decided that due to the great summer heat, the tournament will take place for the first time towards the end of the year. The opening game is to take place on November 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. local time in Al-Chaur in the 60,000-seat al-Bayt Stadium, the final on December 18, 2022 (4th Advent) at 6:00 p.m. With 28 days, the final round will be the shortest since the 1978 World Cup with 25 days. On May 22, 2019, it was announced that the FIFA Council had set the number of participants for the tournament at 32 as before and that not, as on 15. March 2019, it will be played for the first time with 48 teams. Due to public pressure, the world football association could no longer completely ignore human rights issues after the British daily The Guardian announced in February 2021 the number of 6,500 deaths on Qatar's construction sites since the 2010 World Cup was awarded.

Award

During its meeting in Tokyo on December 19, 2008, the FIFA Executive Committee decided to award the two World Cups in 2018 and 2022 at the same time. The deadline for member associations to express their interest in hosting ended on February 2, 2009. Eleven applications from 13 countries were received for the two tournaments. In accordance with the rotation procedure modified in 2007, the continental federation in which the penultimate World Cup took place (South America with Brazil 2014) was excluded from the application for the 2022 tournament. Until the award, all non-European applicants for the 2018 World Cup withdrew their candidacy and concentrated their applications on the 2022 tournament. The application from Indonesia was rejected by FIFA because the required documents and guarantees were not submitted. The Mexican Association withdrew its application on September 28, 2009 due to unclear funding. FIFA announced the host of the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010 in Zurich. In early May 2020, New York revelations revealed that the votes of three FIFA officials, including Ricardo Teixeira and Nicolás Leoz, had been bought to vote for Qatar . Without these three votes for Qatar it would have been a 11:11 tie, which would have resulted in the FIFA boss's vote. Since Sepp Blatter had voted for the USA as the host, the World Cup would have been awarded to the USA. Despite the evidence, however, it seems unlikely that the World Cup will be withdrawn from Qatar. In addition to financial losses for FIFA due to billions in compensation claims, which would be likely, the construction of the stadiums in Qatar is already too far advanced; Also, due to the hosting of the World Cup in 2026, the USA would have little interest in filing a lawsuit. Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said in an ARD interview: “The World Cup will be played in Qatar.” According to whistleblower Bonita Mersiades, who was part of the Australian delegation in 2010, all nations should at least try before the award would have to buy votes. Note: An absolute majority was required, which corresponded to twelve votes. Until this was achieved, the applicants with the fewest votes were eliminated in each round.

Venues

According to the FIFA application documents, at least twelve stadiums were planned as the venues for the 2022 World Cup: Qatar subsequently submitted an application with twelve venues; After FIFA awarded the World Cup finals in December 2010, another, previously undisclosed stadium could be used as a venue. Because of the fierce criticism there

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