7 interesting facts of FIFA World Cup 2022
A total of 32 teams including hosts Qatar have qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2022, scheduled to be in motion from November 21 to December 18.
The 22nd edition of the tournament is set to be the first World Cup event to take place in the Middle East and the last to feature 32 teams.
There are many factors that make the FIFA World Cup in Qatar a unique spectacle to look forward to. Here are some of the interesting facts about the much-anticipated extravaganza:
First-ever Winter World Cup
The 2022 edition of the competition would be the first-ever winter World Cup, if considered from the northern hemisphere. The World Cup usually takes place in mid year but when it came to Qatar, an exception just had to be thrown.
Nestled in the Middle East, Qatar experiences distressingly high temperatures which can go up to as high as 50 degrees Celsius. In such conditions, hosting any type of global event is deemed to be near impossible. Hence, the FIFA World Cup has been moved from its usual summer slot.
The Most Expensive
Another interesting fact is the amount the host nation is spending in preparations for the upcoming event. As per an estimate, Qatar is spending a whopping $200 billion on infrastructure projects, which includes the construction of stadiums, highways, hotels, and so on. This will make the upcoming event one of the most expensive World Cups in the history of the game.
The number of venues might raise a few eyebrows or more. Only eight stadiums have been lined up by Qatar to host the World Cup which is the lowest number of venues for the World Cup in recent years. In fact, out of all the eight venues selected to host the tournament, only one got revamped completely while seven are being newly constructed in the country.
In 1978, Argentina hosted the FIFA World Cup with just six stadiums and now Qatar is set to host the competition with only eight stadiums.
Record Number of Visitors
One of the most interesting facts is the number of visitors who are expected to arrive in the country during the event. As per an estimate, the Qatar FIFA 2022 World Cup may well end up receiving a record number of visitors by the time the tournament comes to an end.
The reason behind this is easy to grasp. Being one of the finest countries in the Middle East, Qatar's convenient geographic location makes it lie in close proximity to most nations.
The Most Commutable
Qatar is a small country. It is, in fact, way smaller than the host of the World Cup 2018, Russia. Since the size of the country is so small, commuting from one place to another here is not a big hassle.
Host cities like Doha, Lusail, Al Wakrah, and Al Rayyan are located in close proximity to each other. Hence, moving from one venue to the other wouldn't be a big hassle for travelers.
Another interesting fact is the two most remote stadiums of Qatar -- Al Bayt and Al Wakrah -- are only 90 miles apart.
One of the most important points to note about the host nation for FIFA 2022 is the fact that Qatar receives distressingly high temperatures during day times.
To tackle the issue, Qatar came up with an audacious solution. For the first time ever, a country is set to host the FIFA World Cup in fully air-conditioned stadiums. All eight venues in Qatar will be fully air-conditioned, providing a comfortable viewing experience to fans while making the conditions good enough for players to perform on the pitch.
The Second One In Asia
Not only will Qatar be the first-ever Middle Eastern nation to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, but it will also be only the second time when the prestigious competition takes centre stage in Asia. The first time it happened was in 2002 when Japan and South Korea co-hosted the FIFA event for the first time in Asia.