Someone like to tell it like they see it and not hold back punches.
This Blog can say with complete confidence that, as far as your basic repressive, oil-sodden, anti-democratic, hereditary oligarchies go, Qatar isn’t the worst of them. Still, it says something about the corrupt old buffet-grazers at FIFA that this particular flea-bitten gas station was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup over the United States. Some things about international sports governing bodies never change, and the sweet-tooth for authoritarians is always right at the top of the list.
I have another mid east first hand profile in archives and will try to link it shortly.
Also, some comments from the internet.
I want to congratulate the FIFA selection comittee on an absolutely brilliant decision to award the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the nation of Quatar. ~unknown
Qatar is a perfect choice for many reasons. Not only do they have zero soccer tradition (ranked 134 of about 160 teams), but they are almost 2,000 miles from the nearest nation with any soccer tradition! This alone makes this nation (which is the size of Connecticut) a perfect choice. ~unknown
The fact that it in August it is 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Qatar, and that the purchase and consumption of alcohol by foreigners is against the law, makes it clear that really there is no other option than to hold the world cup there! ~unknown
Antarctica, 2026! You know whats really sad, how few countries are in between Antarctica and Qatar on the list of places that make sense to have a World Cup. ~unknown