If the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played with 48 teams, instead of 32, Qatar will need help from its neighbours.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino keeps pushing his agenda to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 nations to 48.
But to do so hosts Qatar will need help from its neighbours. Unfortunately, they have been isolated after a political crisis with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and others.
And if Qatar neighbours are not ready to help, the nation will have to look to two other close neighbours: Kuwait and Oman.
“As far as the co-hosting, currently with the crisis on, I think Kuwait can play a very important role,” Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the UAE General Authority for Sports, told the AP as quoted by Sports Illustrated.
“They have one big international stadium, and they are building two extra stadiums. That could solve the problem and it would easier for the Qataris if the crisis is resolved because you (could) have Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
“The World Cup is a Qatari World Cup, not any other country,” said Al Romaithi.
“This is their hard work. They won the bid in 2010 and they worked hard to build the stadiums and they are almost ready to host 32 teams.”
“But if a decision is taken by FIFA to increase to 48 then I hope that we all support which means the tension or problems in the Gulf is resolved,” he added.
“I support it,” FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani also added.
“I start in a positive way — unless there is something that makes me change my mind — i.e. Qatar doesn’t want it — or the analysis is negative then I would have to rethink my positive stance.”
“I would think we have to have some sort of resolution in Miami because World Cup qualifying starts in some parts of the world this year,” he explained.
“The same reason we expanded to 48 teams for 2026. it inspires hope, giving more countries inspiration.”
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