Qatar 2022: A slave to Blatter

#1

Infantino wants to expand the next world cup to 48 teams, one Cup ahead of schedule. What a way to ruin what is already shaping up to be the worst Cup ever.

#2

The sooner they burn the whole place down and start again the better!

#3

2022*

#4

Sharing the World Cup around the region would eliminate probably the only good thing about WC2022 - the sheer convenience of effectively having all of the games within ~30 minutes drive of one city.

#5

2022 WC is dead to me. Next one is in 2026.

#6

Nah, even if the original timeline remains as ‘26, once it’s expanded it will become a debacle. 2018 was the last real one.

#7

I can put up with the usual bloatery as that particular problem just means more World Cup, and a lot of the fans of some of the extra countries to qualify will be pretty good fun as they’ll be totally chuffed to qualify.
Modern slavery to prop up a particular bloodline, plus religious cuntery, no booze, the corruption that got them selected in the first place…just nah for me. I mean, I’ll probably cave in the end, but I intend to maintain the rage for as long as I can.

#8

Exactly the same as my thinking.

I’m done with the World Cup as something that is a huge investment of time and energy. Will skip 2022 altogether and casually watch bits and pieces of any future tournament, but not be glued to it for the whole time anymore.

#9

Interesting piece here from The Guardian…

#10

They’re now talking about adding Kuwait and Oman as hosts to accommodate a 48 team comp

#11
#12

Russia was always the last real World Cup. International football is dead.

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#13

FIFA, Blatter, Infantino, Qatar, yawn…yawn…vomit…

#14

Well at least we’ll qualify?

But yeah this is just a massive let-down.

#15

So they’re trying to find a co-host for a country that is being blockaded and shunned by their neighbours.
I love you FIFA, you crazy bastards!

#16

I think you’ll find the Nations league has international football in Europe humming along…

Its coming home, its coming home etc etc

#17

I’m happy to shut the door on International football and declare it over just before England get in a position to win something.

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#18

Qatar 2022 will stay as 32 team World Cup FIFA have announced. 2026 will be 48 teams.

#19

Good. That means the one redeeming aspect of this tournament - that you can fly in for however long, stay in one place (assuming you can get a hotel) attend your pick if the games on those days - remains. A nice change from two World Cups of following Australia around huge countries.

#20

Having been to Germany, South Africa and Brazil, the traveling around was one of the best bits of being at the world cup.

Staying in one city, particular one in Qatar would get pretty boring pretty quickly.