The host country – Qatar
Qatar is a peninsula in the Persian Gulf with a population of approximately 2.6 million. Eight stadiums hosted the tournament’s World Cup matches, primarily located toward the eastern coast of the 11.6 thousand square kilometer (or 4.5 thousand square mile) large peninsula. Six stadiums had a ability Al Bayt Stadium hosted around 40,000 spectators for the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador on 20 November. The Lusail Stadium, also known as the Iconic Lusail Stadium, hosted the final of the tournament.
After Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup in December 2010, accusations of corruption and cheating were made by Qatar’s bid committee to obtain these rights. An internal FIFA investigation was launched, but in its final report it was concluded that there had been no wrongdoing on Qatar’s part. The country subsequently faced heavy criticism due to its treatment of migrant workers in the construction of stadiums before the tournament.
The hottest ticket in town isn’t cheap
Category 1 tickets for the final cost 5,850 Qatari riyals, or approximately US$1,607. This represents an increase of 46 percent compared to the 1,100 US dollars accused during the previous World Cup in Russia. For group matches, Category 4 tickets sold for the much more reasonable price of US$11. Ticket prices for a team-specific series of games The price ranged from US$227 for three Category 3 group matches to US$4,754 for seven Category 1 tickets, including the opening match, quarter-finals, semi-final and final.
The ever-changing World Cup
FIFA considered increasing the number of teams participating in Qatar 2022 from 32 to 48. However, it was decided that the number of teams participating would remain at 32, with an expansion to 48 nations from the next Cup of the World in 2026. An eight-group stage, the 2022 tournament entered a knockout phase, with the final finally taking place on December 18.
England had the star team, but crashed out in the quarter-finals
Before the tournament, the England team had the highest market value at around 1.5 billion euros, followed by Brazil at 1.46 billion euros. THE player with the highest market value It was Frenchman Kylian Mbappé who won the Golden Shoe of the tournament. Mbappé, who plays for Paris-Saint Germain, was valued at 160 million euros. At the other end of the spectrum, the Costa Rican team ranks last in terms of market value, with a combined value of around €23 million.
Effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the national teams of Czechia, Poland and Sweden, who were to face Russia in UEFA the qualifying play-offs for the World Cup, announced their refusal to play matches on Russian territory. Just three days later, FIFA imposed several sanctions regarding Russia’s participation, followed a day later by a suspension of Russia from international competitions until further notice.
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