One of the most eagerly awaited tournaments for football enthusiasts worldwide is the impending 2022 FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is distinctive in many ways this year, and here we analyze the top 5 little-known facts about the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
This year’s World Cup was also dogged by numerous criticisms and disputes over the rules and guidelines the government of Qatar had proposed. There have been numerous rallies against their laws regarding same-sex marriage and homosexuality throughout the world. The top 5 unknown facts are as follows.
5. First Winter World Cup
The fact that the inaugural Winter World Cup will take place this year is #1 on the list. Due to Qatar’s extreme heat and humidity throughout the summer, the World Cup is hosted there in November and December. Every World Cup until that point took place in May or June, but this year it takes place in November and December.
This is also the first World Cup in an Arab country. Arab Countries in general are also well known for their unbearable climate and how other Arab countries may get a chance to host the World Cup in the coming future will depend on this year’s outcome. Expectations are high for the same.
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4. Most expensive World Cup
It is the most extravagant World Cup ever, ranking second on the list of unknown facts. According to sources, a sizable $300 million has been spent on World Cup operations over the past 12 years since they were chosen as the tournament’s hosts. There is no doubt that the country would develop as a result of the World Cup, but the amount is so unexpected.
It also comes as surprise how a country completely based on Petrol trade could bring up such a huge sum and is trying the best to boost the economy and quality of the country, representing themselves with more dignity before the whole world. There are also reports that Russia has not yet received back the amount they have spent on the 2018 World Cup.
3. Fewest Stadiums
The Qatar World Cup is also one of the tournaments with the fewest stadiums ever by the host nation in World Cup history. They only have eight stadiums, all of which are situated in and around Doha, the capital of Qatar. This season, which runs from November 20 through December 18, has 32 teams.
The ight stadiums for the World Cup are, Al Bayt Stadium with 60,000 capacity, Lusail Stadium with 80,000 capacity, Ahmad Bin Ali stadium with a capacity of 40,000, Al Janoub stadium with 40,000 capacity, Al Thumama Stadium with 40,000 capacity, Education City Stadium with 40,000 capacity, Khalifa International Stadium with 40,000 capacity, and Stadium 974 with 40,000 capacity.
2. Air Conditioned Stadiums
The fact that all of the stadiums at this year’s World Cup are air conditioned comes in fourth on the list. This arrangement was made to let the football watchers feel at ease and not experience any issues with Qatar’s climate or temperature. Because it is an Arab nation, the weather is consistent.
It will also provide great environment and comfort for all viewers. During the summer days, the temperature in Qatar goes up to 45 degree Celsius. In Winter season too, the temperature also reaches up to a limit of 24 degree Celsius. Humidity also turns out to be reaching high levels causing discomfort.
1. Record Breaking viewership
The record-breaking number of spectators expected to see this year’s FIFA World Cup is its final unique feature. About 5 billion people are anticipated to watch the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this year, breaking the previous record of 3.5 billion viewers for the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Numerous well-known performers had also declined their invitations to appear in the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including Dua Lipa, Shakira, and Robert Smith. Drinking is a common form of celebration in Western countries, therefore drinking regulations were also a hot topic. Fans eagerly anticipate what will happen next.
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