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The Qatar World Cup is likely to spread the word about winter football


Aug-08 23:06 first published at 23:06 PM

The Premier League season began last weekend, with this season shaping up to be somewhat unique.
While fans would normally be able to look forward to nine months of essentially uninterrupted club football, the prospect of a winter World Cup means that this season will be very different.
There will be a six-week break in the division in November before the clubs return for the traditional festive fixture schedule.
It will add a new dynamic to the campaign, and it will be interesting to see which clubs handle the drastically different schedule better.
Gary Neville believes Qatar is qualified to host the Winter World Cup.
The decision to hold the tournament in Qatar has been highly contentious for a variety of reasons. The event was supposed to take place in the summer, with air-conditioned stadiums to help combat the heat, but that plan was quickly scrapped.
Human rights violations associated with stadium construction have also been heavily criticized.
In terms of the tournament’s timing, Gary Neville believes that countries in this region should be allowed to host it at a later date.
On the Gary Neville Podcast, the Sky Sports pundit predicted that winter World Cups would become more common in the future as FIFA spreads the tournament around the world.
When Qatar was awarded the World Cup eight to ten years ago, I said the same thing.
If we’re being honest, the World Cup should be held on each continent fairly over the course of 20 or 30 years, regardless of how it was awarded or which country won it.
Another World Cup should be held in the Middle East in 20 or 24 years. Football cannot be played in the Middle East during the summer…
When you go to Qatar in the middle of summer in 40 or 42 degree heat, you have a lot of troubled players. Not only that, but you’ve got fans in big trouble…
If we’re being honest, the season will be disrupted every 24 years. FIFA made the huge mistake of claiming that the World Cup would be held in the summer, with these air-conditioned stadiums.
That never occurred to me as a possibility. I’ve been going to the Middle East on a regular basis since about 2002; you can’t play football in that heat and humidity; it’s dangerous.
This will happen once every 24 years. It is the first time in history that a Muslim country has hosted the World Cup. Let’s get our heads around the fact that this is something we’ll have to get used to.
Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the World Cup, but it is highly likely that the tournament will return to the region in the future.
The 2026 edition will be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with Spain and Portugal being the favorites to host the 2030 tournament.
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