An Armchair Fan’s Guide to the Qatar World Cup

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Zurich, 2 December 2010. Sepp Blatter pulls the name of Qatar from the envelope. The accusations fly and the recriminations start. And once it’s all sunk in, we start looking at maps and temperature charts and try to scrape together any fragments of knowledge about kingdoms in the Arabian desert. The Armchair Guide looks underneath some of the myths and preconceptions and tries to provide the average fan – if there’s any such thing – with some sound information about what a World Cup in the desert might look like. Was the bidding process corrupt? How many people actually did die building stadiums? How hot will it really be? Can I go there with my mates and have a drink anywhere? What will the legacy be – both in the region and for the global game? A light-hearted, sideways glance, the Armchair Guide uses stories from within and beyond the game to cover everything about the 2022 Winter World Cup. It can’t boast that it will pick a winner, but it’ll go some way to shedding light on football’s place in a changing world.