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World Cup 2022

Qatar faces the goal

Par Zyad Limam - Publié en octobre 2022
The Lusail Stadium, which will host the World Cup final, on the outskirts of Doha. FRANCK FAUGÈRE/PRESSE SPORTS
The Lusail Stadium, which will host the World Cup final, on the outskirts of Doha. FRANCK FAUGÈRE/PRESSE SPORTS

For the very wealthy Gulf emirate, this is the moment of truth. The World Cup kicks off on November 20. It will be necessary to be at the height of a planetary event, at a time when declarations of boycott are multiplying. And in a more than demanding geopolitical, security and health context.

In a few weeks, in this small presqu'île clinging to the Arabian Peninsula on the Saudi border, the 22nd World Cup of soccer will be played. A first time for the Arab world, a first time in the Muslim world. A World Cup in a country of 11,000 km2, a little larger than Lebanon or Gambia. A World Cup that will run from November 20 to December 18, ending a week before Christmas, on Qatar's national holiday. The result of a deliberate FIFA policy consisting of making the most prestigious of the competitions travel in the four corners of the world, outside its natural territories of predilection such as Europe or the Americas. We do remember with a true emotion the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with this...

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