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Tension, Excitement As Qatar 2022 World Cup Begins |FS News

Before 2022, the World Cup has never been .ed in the winter season. The global showpiece has also never been hosted in the Middle East.

 

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FS News reports that it will be the first of its kind.

 

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So, when the host Qatar kicks-off the competition against Ecuador this weekend, it will be a ride football fans and pundits have never experienced.

 

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It is riddled with many controversial issues.

 

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T. is the human rights infringement, the maltreatment of migrant works and the emphatic resistance to homosexuality.

 

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Just on Friday, alcohol was banned around the stadiums.

 

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Before the decision was taken, FIFA and Qatari organisers were engaged in tense negotiations over whether beer would be sold at the stadiums during the tournament.

 

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“Following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA, a decision has been made to focus the sale of alcoholic beverages on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing the sales point,” FIFA confirmed in a statement.

 

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The tension and uncertainty around the tournament has led to some fans staying away altogether.

 

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“I almost bought tickets to Qatar. But I decided to go to Abu Dhabi instead. Best decision ever,” Lanre Towolawi, a . executive with a betting company told DAILY POST.

 

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Gbemigga Omolewa, an IT expert based in the US, is worried for those who made the pricey trip.

 

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“People will also flout the rules in Qatar and claim to have a terrible experience.

 

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“People might even get jailed,” Omolewa said.

 

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Most of the pre-match talk has been on everything else about football.

 

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This is a World Cup that would almost be the last for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two talismanic figures that have ruled football for the past decade.

 

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Ronaldo has already vowed to retire if he leads Portugal to glory.

 

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“It’s going be tough. Extremely difficult. But everything is possible. But of course we’re going to compete,” the 37-year-old told Piers Morgan in an interview this week.

 

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When asked if he would retire if Portugal goes on to win the tournament, Ronaldo replied: “Yes. Retired. 100 per cent.”

 

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They begin that quest against Ghana next Thursday.

 

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The Black Stars make a return to the mundial at the expense of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

 

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A lot of observers from Africa are keenly waiting to see if any team from the continent finally makes it to the semi-final.

 

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Senegal would have been favourites to break the jinx. But the injury picked up by star striker, Sadio Mane, will see him miss the entire tournament.

 

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So, let’s be realistic. We know who the usual suspects will be to win it.

 

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France. Brazil. Argentina. Germany. Maybe England.

 

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What we don’t know is what a winter World Cup will look like.

 

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Over to you, Qatar.

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