10 Reasons Qatar Doesn’t Deserve World Cup

Qatar has won the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. No one understands this.

Qatar won the 2022 World Cup bid. They won it comfortably, as well.

According to The Telegraph:

Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)

Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)

Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)”

The United States got hosed. Absolutely hosed. The disgust of this pick can not only be seen all over the United States, but around the world. The internet is buzzing with upset fans that feel that the Qataris paid their way to the bid. I’m not here to comment on that one way or another, but Qatar doesn’t deserve this bid at all.

Why you ask? Well here are 10 reasons to why they don’t.

1. Host countries are usually competitive. Qatar has never qualified for a World Cup. The closest they have come is a fourth-place finish in Group B, during the second round of Asian qualifying. That just isn’t good enough. Their best finish in the Asian Cup was a quarterfinals finish in 2000. Currently, they are ranked 113th in the world by FIFA. That is awful. The team has twice won the Gulf Cup, but let’s be blunt: The Gulf Cup isn’t a good tournament. Who is the face of Qatari football? I certainly don’t know.

2. Alcohol is restricted. Though the Qatari delegation has stated that alcohol will be available in limited capacities and in certain designated places, is it worth it for the traveling supporter to head over to a country where alcohol is nearly non-existent?

3. It’s as hot as the sun. Temperatures in the summer reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s incredible. Also, this is another deterrent to drinking, as with such intense heat, one needs to drink water almost constantly in order to not die. If someone is not used to that heat, they should probably not go.

4. Qatar follows some aspects of Shariah Law. Oh, there’s a selling point. Mind you, it is only applied to Islamic peoples in the area, but is this really somewhere positive to go visit?

5. Foreign workers that are admitted to the country are not allowed to leave without the permission of the person that sponsored their entrance to the country. Borderline slavery is always cool, isn’t it? It doesn’t affect tourists, but think about it when you are sitting in one of their fine stadiums.

This man is Public Enemy Number One in a slew of nations, at the moment.

6. Their stadiums are terrible! Their largest stadium, Lusail National Stadium, is planned to have 86,000 seats. It isn’t built yet. The second largest currently has 50,000 seats, but it will be expanded to 70,000. The rest? All under 50,000. Poor. Plus, the outdoor air conditioning should be a real treat. Currently, only five stadiums are built. All need major renovations.

7. If you are homosexual you can’t come to the World Cup. This has to be the first fully-international tournament in years to not allow equality in the stands.

8. Women have to watch how they dress. Burkas and hijabs are not required, but it is extremely frowned upon for women to be scantily-clad. When was the last time a World Cup didn’t have scantily-clad women in the stands?

9. Traffic fines are the highest in the world. If you don’t pay them, you cannot leave the country. So you won’t be able to leave the sun-drenched desert until you fork over the cash. That’s gonna be an interesting situation.

10. Qatar is smaller than the State of Connecticut, my home state. The population? Just over 1,409,423. And to think, this place is supposed to have the infrastructure to hold a World Cup?

Surely this must be the largest-scale joke on the face of the planet.

Thanks a lot FIFA. You really screwed this one up. Every other 2022 bid had more of a case for the World Cup than Qatar does.


3 responses to this post.

  1. I can add a couple more reasons:

    – You also can’t go if you’re HIV positive; Qatar doesn’t allow people with HIV/AIDS in the country.

    – Not only do women have to watch what they wear; it’s also a bad idea for them to go out in public unaccompanied. Women who have done so have been subject to both verbal and physical harassment, according to the U.S. State Department.

    FIFA has basically delivered a big “up yours” to well over half the planet’s population.


    • Posted by John on 12/02/2010 at 20:58

      To the moron Ianheath,
      1) Since when was it a bad thing to ban HIV positive people into a country? At least the government is watching out for its peoples wellbeing.
      2) Women can dress however they like, as long as they arent completely nude, obviously. They CAN go out and about as they please. I dont know where you got your info from, but get your facts straight before talking.


  2. Posted by Sam on 12/05/2010 at 17:08

    I’ve lived in Doha for 3 years and found it to be a progressive, developed, safe city and even the rest of Qatar is the same. The facilities are A grade but I agree the heat is an issue. There are plenty of foreign workers happily living there for a lot longer than I did.
    South Africa was not a great football nation but hosted a successful cup.
    Also remember that Qatar will get a lot of assistance from its allies in the region to ensure things go as per plan.
    I can assure you at 2 am I’d rather walk through the streets of Doha alone than Sydney, New York or London.


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