10 fascinating facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022

The most expensive FIFA World Cup to date will be in Qatar in 2022.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 began on November 20 in Qatar. A total of 32 teams will compete over the course of a month, with the championship game set for December 18. This is the final World Cup with 32 teams and the first to be staged in the Arab world. The number of participating teams will expand to 48 starting with the 2026 edition. The 2018 final saw France overcome Croatia 4-2 to retain its title. Here are 10 fascinating details regarding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

1. The most expensive World Cup of football ever

According to Bloomberg, Qatar spent an astounding $300 billion (Rs 2442000 crore) on the World Cup’s organization. Building new stadiums costs $6.5 billion (Rs 530 crore), according to the Economic Times. According to Forbes, Russia only spent $14.2 billion (Rs 115913 crore) on the 2018 World Cup’s planning.

2. The quickest World Cup

The 28-day duration of the Qatar World Cup makes it the shortest football World Cup since 1998. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil lasted 32 days, making it the longest 32-team World Cup to date. The shortest 32-team World Cup was contested over 31 days. The 2022 World Cup began on November 20 and ended on December 18 with the championship game.

3. Qatar’s first World Cup

The national football team of Qatar automatically qualified for the 2022 World Cup as the host nation. They are participating in the FIFA World Cup for the first time. However, they were defeated by Ecuador in their first game.

10 fascinating facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022

4. The inaugural winter edition of the FIFA World Cup

This year marks the first time the football World Cup has been held in November and December as opposed to May, June, or July. The competition has always been conducted in the winter since summers in Qatar can be stifling. However, this has interfered with the European League’s scheduling.

5. The tournament’s youngest and oldest players

18-year-old The youngest player competing in the 2022 World Cup is a German named Youssoufa Moukoko. He contributed three assists and six goals to Borussia Dortmund in the 2022 Bundesliga. Essam El-Hadary, an Egyptian goalie, is the oldest player at 45 years old.

6. A total of 1.5 million viewers

More than 1.5 million individuals applied for the required permit for the competition, according to The Hindu. The pass grants entrance to fan zones and works as a visa, transportation ticket, and match ticket. Throughout the competition, 150,000 admissions per day will be handled by Doha’s two international airports. By the middle of October, roughly 3 million tickets had been sold, according to Bloomberg.

7. There are 5 billion watchers.

Five billion viewers may tune in to watch the 2022 World Cup, according to TOI. That is more than half of the world’s population! 

8. Most of the title holders

The famous FIFA World Cup has only been won by eight teams worldwide. Germany and Italy both have four victories, while Brazil has five victories. France, Uruguay, and Argentina all have two championships, while Spain and England each have one. Six of these eight teams—England, Italy, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, and France—have won the title while serving as hosts.

9. Holy texts, gay flags, and no beer

Alcohol sales are not permitted in Qatari stadiums during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After 7 o’clock, beer will only be sold in fan zones and hospitality boxes. Additionally prohibited inside stadiums are things made of pork, balloons, loud musical instruments, pride flags, and cigarettes.

10. Is this Messi and Ronaldo’s last World Cup?

Lionel Messi, of Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain, said in October that Qatar 2022 would be his last international match, while Cristiano Ronaldo, of Portugal and Manchester United, is still silent on his future in the game. Unquestionably, two of the best players to ever play the game are Messi and Ronaldo.

10 fascinating facts about the FIFA World Cup 2022

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