We have become used to a fiesta of Football every four years. The World’s best sides meeting together to play in a country selected by FIFA following a fair and accurate selection system. But, when the disgraced ex-head of FIFA Sepp Blatter, along with many others who were not blameless, opened the envelope to reveal the name of the desert Middle Eastern country of Qatar there were a large amount of collective gasps followed by a series of “Really?” This is country that has a population less than most major European and South American Cities plus it has done nothing on the world stage of football. Rather than play in the blazing heat of the summer sun, which would be impossible the competition will be held for the first time in the winter. Starting on the 21st November to the 18 December it will occur right in the middle of the European Domestic season. What kit the teams will need to put up with the still incredibly hot environment is to be seen but if you need some Cheap Football Kits then a visit to one of the many online retailers, like www.kitking.co.uk/ for example, should see you right.
There have been many accusations that the success of the venue’s choice was due more to payments than to the heritage of the country or stadiums it has already. FIFA’s official line is that the European teams have had it too easy and that other continents have to suspend their leagues for the World Cup. They also want to draw more interest in the game form the Middle East and Asia. The heat is most worrying factor. In the summer it can get up to 40 centigrade but the winter months see this “plummet” to 20 to 24 centigrade so the usually temperatures one would expect.
There are numerous other problems, alcohol is not permitted apart from Hotels, the LGBT community are not welcome due to homosexuality being banned. While the lack of alcohol may not be a bad thing in terms of hooliganism the LGBT law may well be suspended though how this will work is anyone’s guess. The currently unfinished Stadiums are also subject to concern being basically built by a migrant work force of near slave labourers with virtually no human rights.
There is one positive. The Stadiums are very close together making travel easier unlike before where there were times when a whole country had to be traversed. In Qatar the furthest distance is 34 miles and the smallest just 3.