News about 2022 FIFA World Cup
Although the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a couple of years away, preparations are already well under way for the next edition of the tournament. This will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup and it is set to take place in Qatar. This is also the first time a World Cup will be held in the Middle East and in the winter-time due to extremely hot temperatures in the summer months.
The brand new stadium for the World Cup will be located in Al-Wakrah, 23 km from Doha and connected to the capital via the Red Line of new Doha Metro system. So, transportation to and from the stadium definitely won’t be a problem for any football fans.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Aecom began designing the stadium back in March 2013 and it is proving to be one of the most futuristic and aesthetically-pleasing stadiums ever designed.
A ton of thought has been put into the architecture and although the 2022 World Cup will not be taking place in the summertime, it has still been equipped to beat the heat. The stadium’s operable roof was designed by Schlaich Bergermann Partner, along with a seating bowl cooling system, to ensure the stadium can be used during the summer months. Along with this, it’s also a sight to behold as the stadium will consist of Arabic motifs and calligraphy, giving a taste of the Middle East.
Although, the World Cup taking place in the wintertime will cause disruption for European leagues as it will interfere with their seasons which usually run from August until May. However, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, then chairman of the European Clubs’ Association (ECA), said clubs will need to compromise.
Qatar ended up beating bid rivals from Australia, Japan, South Korea and the US in 2010 to claim the hosting rights, becoming the first Arab country to do so. Hassan al-Thawadi, the secretary-general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy claimed: “I think it’s a testimony to the resilience of the state of Qatar and the people of Qatar in terms of being able to overcome such an obstacle”.
In other news, infamous Argentinian footballer, Lionel Messi, has been reportedly banned from Argentina’s first qualifying clash in the 2022 World Cup, according to The Sun. He’s also been fined £1,200 for ‘corruption claims’ after his Copa America breakdown. He accused CONMEBOL of corruption and they did not take it lightly.
“These accusations represent a lack of respect to the competition, to all the participating players and to the hundreds of professionals of the CONMEBOL, an institution that since 2016 has been working tirelessly to make transparent, professionalise and develop South American football.”
Messi was sent off in the third-place play-off match against Chile in June after clashing with Gary Medel. One could almost pity Lionel Messi at this point. After a very disappointing Champions League semi-final where they were kicked out by Liverpool after a legendary second leg at Anfield, Barcelona missed out on becoming the champions.
The 2022 World Cup will also be quite an exciting spectacle for football fans across the world. We’ll be witnessing our favourite and most valuable goal scorers such as Sadio Mane, Harry Kane, Mohammed Salah, and many more go against each other in the quest to become the FIFA World Cup champions.
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