Qatar look set to miss out on the 2022 World Cup, with the US and Australia bidding to take over
Ever since the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, there have been questions raised over the suitability of the country for this prestigious football tournament, especially as the summer temperatures are positively dangerous when it comes to staging live games.
While Qatar continue to be the official host in eight years’ time, the level of scepticism over their suitability has reached such a level that the bookmakers expect another country to take the honours, with the USA and Australia both in the running.
Indeed, the US are as short as 5/4 to stage the World Cup for a second time, with the Americans keen to once again raise the profile of the sport in their own country thanks to the continued success of the Major League.
Frank Lampard is set to follow in David Beckham’s footsteps by playing in the MLS, while the performance of the USA team during the 2014 World Cup indicated that the game has the potential to become pretty big.
Qatar are now a 2/1 shot to host the World Cup and backing them to retain the hosting doesn’t smack of value when you consider that their best bet would be to host a winter tournament which would play havoc with the scheduling of a domestic season.
However, Australia in the summer is a great deal cooler and perhaps Fifa will eventually sway towards having a tournament Down Under. As with the US, football is growing in popularity over there, with Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero both enjoying stints with Aussie clubs.
Bet365 go 7/1 about Australia winning the bid, although the prospect of England winning looks to be a remote one, with odds of 25/1 reflecting a minimal chance of being successful.
“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger told Sport Bild on Monday. “Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” said the former German football (DFB) chief, who is now a member of the world soccer’s governing body FIFA.
“They may be able to cool the stadiums but a World Cup does not take place only there,” Zwanziger said.
“Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. That is not something that FIFA Exco members want to answer for.”