Originally posted by TheBucsFanBut are they all going to commute from their homelands to the game or something?
It makes it more accessible to the large number of people who live in the Middle East was the point I think.
Originally posted by TheBucsFanI think you're putting words in FIFA's mouth.
Not really. They're forever banging on about how football is the world's game and can break down cultural barriers and lead us all to a wonderful happy lala land. I'm absolutely certain this would be a large part of how they would justify it to themselves, even though it's almost certainly a million miles from being the whole story.
I think this "bringing the world together" nonsense is as likely to happen in any one country as any other, regardless of whether that country has hosted a World Cup before.
But the Middle East and the West aren't getting on! The world shalt be brought together as one by the magnificence of FIFA's decision to go to Qatar!!
A silly, romanticised notion to be sure, but there's a reason why near *every* pitch put to FIFA made reference to uniting nations/cultures/religions/galaxies. They know what make FIFA's sock roll up and down. Or at least what FIFA would like to *claim* makes their socks roll up and down, which isn't necessarily the same thing.
The thing that most frustrates me is that actually, neither you nor I have any idea what motivated the people voting for this to go with Qatar.
No arguments here.
If you believe Sepp....
....you'd believe anything? ;)
Seriously, I ain't defending Sepp or FIFA here.
Originally posted by TheBucsFanThat still doesn't explain it going to Qatar, who, in my opinion, was the least appealing candidate out of any of the nine going for either Cup.
Japan and South Korea have had it even more recently than the US which would leave Australia as the only other bid for 2022, and like I say, I think they should've got it.
Here are the stadium ideas (businessinsider.com) Qatar used in its proposal. They're a) impressive; and b) f'ing huge. The grandeur conveyed by the animations certainly sell the pitch, but I wonder how feasible these are. How much might the designs be diluted, especially the arena with an wraparound LCD screen exterior?
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How about a little props for Kim Clijsters taking a major title in her *third* tournament back after maternity leave? That's just one hell of an accomplishment. Hate to see it get overshadowed by Serena's outburst.