This year it will be played for the first time in November and December, that is to say in the middle of the season already played. The World Championship in Qatar is accompanied by many scandals. The awarding of the championship to this country was already very controversial.
“It was a bad choice and I bear the responsibility for it, as president at the time,” acknowledged former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a recent interview. Qatar, which is barely bigger than the Central Bohemian region, is considered too small and the World Cup is too big an event for them.
The election itself, in which Blatter also voted to award the championship to Qatar, was bound to be accompanied by corruption. Moreover, Qatar is not strictly a football country. It is ranked 58th in the FIFA rankings, just behind Mali. He will participate for the first time in the World Cup. Nevertheless, the Qatar national team managed to win the last Asian championship.
For the World Cup, the Middle Eastern emirate had to build a whole new infrastructure, including new stadiums. It is estimated that six thousand five hundred workers died during construction. This is also why some supporters are calling for a boycott of the championship.
The dominance of the Premier League and Bayern Munich
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Olympic tournament was the pinnacle of football. The Qatar championship will nevertheless be the 22nd FIFA World Cup. At its inception, only 13 national teams took part.
The World Cup will travel to the Middle East for the first time. It has been played most often in Europe and South America, but the biggest soccer tournament in the world has also been held in Asia and Africa.
Note: The final standings for each championship will be displayed after entering the World Championship site.
32 teams will be represented in Qatar, but the number of participants will increase even more in four years. 48 teams will play in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The English Premier League will send the most players to Qatar. That is, one of the competitions that does not have a winter break and is also played in December and January. This year, however, the English championship had to stop. On the team side, most of the teammates will meet in Qatar from the cabin of the German from Bayern Munich. But the Qatari Al-Sadd also sends sixteen representatives.
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The Last Legends Championship
Two players who have dominated the world of football in recent years – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – will be heading to their fifth World Cup.
And this will probably be the last World Cup they will participate in. Moreover, the draw has prepared a lot of tension for the fans: if Argentina and Portugal win their grassroots groups, they will only be able to meet in the final.
Both players can rewrite multiple records. Lionel Messi, for example, can surpass Lothar Matthäus in the number of World Cup matches played. It only remains to reach the final already mentioned.
Paradoxically, the two stars are not doing very well in terms of shooting championships. The German Thomas Müller is the best of the shooters who will also participate in the championship this year in Qatar. England shot-stopper Harry Kane is also doing well, having made just six World Cup appearances and scoring six goals.
Discover the history of the World Cup in the following infographic:
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The most successful country in World Cup history is Brazil. In total, they have won five times, the last time in 2002. Czechoslovakia have also entered the championship’s history twice. In both cases he reached the final, but fell short and took silver.
The audience record is held by the United States
This year’s championship will be held in eight completely new stadiums. The final will be staged at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, which can accommodate up to 80,000 fans. It cannot be compared, for example, to the Maracaná stadium, where the match was played in 1950. There were more than 200,000 spectators in the final match.
However, the greatest number of fans visited the world championship held in 1994 in the United States. More than three and a half million spectators visited the stadiums, with an average of more than 68,000 people at each game.
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