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Soccer Punch: How Qatar
Came to Host the
2022 World Cup

Newsweek, by Philippe Auclair

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Posted By:DaddyO, 12/7/2013 11:05:26 PM

It is possible to view the prospect of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with concern, even horror. It is also possible to admire the drive and single-mindedness the emirate has shown in pursuing its dream to host the tournament. This dream – to use a word used prominently in Qatar’s promotional campaign – is nothing less than the stunning, self-willed transformation of a micro-state (it’s smaller than Connecticut) that was under British rule until 1971, when its population was less than 100,000 (it’s close to 2 million now). Qataris were mocked by their neighbors as backward desert-dwellers, barely settled

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When the voting members can receive millions of dollars in exchange for a vote, what do you expect?

Simple fix: anyone who receives a bribe can keep it, but the vote is invalid, the country is disqualified, and the vote must be held again.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 12/8/2013 12:00:42 AM     (No. 9644864)

Should be fun watching all the northern Europeans and North Americans spontaneously combusting out on the field in 130 degree comfort. What a swell idea to do it in the Gutter.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/8/2013 12:02:44 AM     (No. 9644865)

Ha! Who cares? All these national athletic roadshows are frauds...yes, even the hallowed Olympics, brought to you by Nike, McDonalds and dozens of other commercial interests.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Distorted, 12/8/2013 1:25:02 AM     (No. 9644897)

It´s just soccer. Why should we care?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: gazela, 12/8/2013 2:17:59 AM     (No. 9644919)

So they´re supposed to figure out a way to cool off an open-air stadium so that the pitch isn´t the middle-eastern equivalent of a sweat-lodge. Good luck with that!

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