So FIFA voted to have the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. From what I understand, it’s pronounced “KAH-tar” and not “Cutter.”â†µ
The decision is a shocker in the sense that Qatar isn’t a very big country and it’s even hotter there than in the Valley of the Sun during the summer months.â†µ
It’s not a shocker in the sense that a) oil money talks and b) FIFA must feel like it wants to champion global unity by allowing the World Cup to go to the Middle East for the first time. The voters must have really fallen for that presentation.â†µ
Here’s what is very clear in this selection process: Politics and wondrous promises rule. The U.S. bid was solid if not flashy; this country has the infrastructure in place to make the Cup go smoothly, soccer has arrived here, etc., etc.â†µ
But the idea of the most tickets, all of the stadiums and training facilities, the melting pot society and the easy-to-back-up pledge of every game being a sellout wasn’t good enough for FIFA.â†µ
So Glendale and University of Phoenix Stadium lose out, too, as the stadium was one of 18 being considered as a possible host site. I’m not sure this area would have gotten to host games anyway, with no MLS team or real basis for soccer support here.â†µ
“Pero ni modo,” as they say in Spanish. It doesn’t matter. It’s Russia in 2018, Qatar in 2022 and the U.S. in ... my lifetime, I hope.