Having been awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has been the first Arab nation to win the award. It has invested billions of dollars in stadiums and football infrastructure. There is a strong national team, bolstered by nationalized Qataris, and the team is technically proficient. However, recent results have been not encouraging. The emir has visited Putin in Kazakhstan and has said that he is proud of the relationship between Russia and Qatar.
The emir praised Putin’s support for the 2022 World Cup. He also praised Russia’s preparations for the tournament. It is hoped that Russia will continue to show interest in security during the game. The Russian president has said that the country is “a real friend” of Qatar and that he has endorsed plans for a friendly match against Bosnia-Herzegovina in September.
Qatar is not in a position to take Russia’s place in the playoffs. There is an ongoing conflict in Ukraine that will prevent a play-off between Poland and Ukraine. However, Ukraine could still qualify for the World Cup. The Ukrainian football association has decided to appeal to FIFA to exclude Iran from the tournament.
Several members of the FIFA Executive Committee have been suspended for life, including 11 individuals who have been prosecuted for corruption. FIFA closely follows the progress of investigations in the United States and other countries. It has re-evaluated its criteria for choosing host countries and has amended them because of concerns over human rights and working conditions in Qatar.
FIFA has also banned Russia from competitions, including the World Cup, and has suspended its women’s national team from the European Championship. The Football Federation of Russia also appealed to FIFA for a freeze on the ban, but this was rejected.
Russia was in the final elimination qualifiers for Qatar 2022, but the emir and Putin both said that Russia had helped Qatar in its bid to host the tournament. The Russian soccer federation president also said that a game against Iran could be held in Qatar before the World Cup. Neither leader provided a date for the match. However, the Iranians are in violation of FIFA statutes.
In recent years, the UAE royal family has expressed interest in building training facilities for national teams. It has also said it is willing to build hotels in the country’s hospitality industry. They have also offered to build a transportation network. The royal family has also been willing to invest US$3 billion in stadiums and football infrastructure.
There are a total of 32 teams that have qualified for the tournament. The teams are divided into eight groups of four, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the round of 16. The tournament is scheduled to run from November and December, with the first match taking place between Ecuador and Qatar. The stadiums will be spread across seven host cities within a 60-kilometre radius of the capital, Doha. The stadiums will seat up to 80,000 people.