FIFA’s World Cup 2022 – Qatar?.. Right

If you are like me and the rest of the sporting world, you are feeling an assortment of negative emotions. Of all four of those countries you decided on Qatar? If corruption was not the first thing that came to mind when you saw Sepp Blatter open that last envelope then you probably tried to figure out something about Qatar. Today, I bet I am just like the rest of the world (apart from any one with ties to the Middle East or the Islamic world) and learned their first trivia questions about this tiny country.

The entire nation - no need for panarama

The average temperature in Qatar is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If I remember correctly, the players complained about the heat in the 1994 World Cup held here in the USA.  If they thought heat was unbearable back in 94′ then let us hope this oil hungry nation can air condition every square inch of their land.

If you are a tree hugging environmentalist you’ll hate this next thing. Qatar has the highest carbon-dioxide emissions per capita – 55.5 metric tons per person. That is higher than the USA and neighboring Kuwait. Want to know why? – Their #1 consumption of energy is due to AIR CONDITIONING. I really hope Sepp Blatter and the remaining 21 committee members plan on wearing bathing suits in this country. Oh and the nation is approximately 75% Islamic.. try getting away with wearing revealing clothing or doing anything that deviates from the strictly enforced rules of the religion.

Now let’s think about the size of this country. Compared to Connecticut, it has a population of around 1.5 million people. Yes, it is occupied by a 7 digit number. The USA held the World Cup in 9 different cities, does Qatar even have that many soccer fields? I’ll be honest, I have seen the potential fields and ideas that the people of Qatar are thinking of building and they look nice. Really nice:

Good, so they have fields. Can such a small nation hold the capacity of the massive numbers of tourists that plan on coming to Qatar? The World Cup in South Africa saw 400,000 tourists and if my math is correct, Qatar’s population will temporarily increase by over 26%. This means they will need to have enough hotels, restaurants, road ways, parking, food, workers, etc to hold at least 26% of their country at one time. I am sure Qatar gave it some thought before proposing to hold the World’s BIGGEST event.

They have listed their 6 highest populated cities and #1 – Doha holds just above 99,000 people. That alone will be a rude awakening when a potential 400,000 flood the streets. What might be a bit disturbing is their 6th most populated city Mesaieed. It has a population of just under 10,000.. wow. That is the size of a small town, but Welcome to Qatar.

The one thing Qatar has on the USA is history. Oh well.. like history is going to get you through the biggest event that country has and probably will ever see.

Lastly, and the most annoying thing to me – What are the real reasons for FIFA’s decision? The first thing that came to mind was the fact that we are having back-to-back Asian hosts. I also remembered that Russia is technically apart of UEFA. The idea of pure corruption was out of the picture, but then I continued reading into it. The Middle East region is an upcoming land and has the MONEY to hold such an important event. That’s all I will say, no implications, but they do have a lot of MONEY.

But at the end of the day, WC 2022 is still in Qatar and all I can do is wish them the best of luck. When the WC committee visits Qatar in mid-July I hope they realize they can’t just renege their decision when they are sweating in their expensive suits. I’ll be watching from my television in a normal climate.


Who is really The Best?

What makes me laugh are the multitude of articles and conversations about who is the best player in the world. As if Monday’s El Clasico will help decide who is currently the best player in the world. There should not even be a question as to which player is the most consistent and most dangerous.

Lionel Messi IS The Best player on the planet.

Currently, both CR and Messi have each scored 21 goals in all competitions, but CR has 8 assists as Messi has 7. The big difference is that Messi has played in 6 less games than Cristiano. Barca’s #1 averages a goal per game and if match is not your strong suit then I will just state that Leo Messi is the current FIFA WPOY and is on track to repeat.

Tomorrow’s match between Real Madrid and Barcelona is not to determine who is the best, but rather how much better is Messi than Ronaldo.

World Cup Bid: 2018 and 2022

Wonder why England is still a top choice ahead of the USA? Because we decided it was a good idea to send Drew Carey as our United States of America representative. We might has well have just told FIFA that we are clearly still incapable of hosting the world’s most prestigious sporting event because we sent a gimp to prove them otherwise. I would rather have sent Mimi than Drew Carey, at least she’s obnoxious. Nothing good has come out of the state of Ohio and certainly not a US Soccer representative that suddenly decided to become a figure in the domestic game.

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I’ll be honest, Seattle has been the best city in the entire nation for soccer support, but that does not make it right to send their minority owner as the entire nation’s representative. He knows nothing about the game and is not a big enough celebrity to make anyone do a double take. I would at least say hello to Ryan Stiles.

Even after all the scandals and bribing, England still has the upperhand over the USA. Interest in the game still plays a big role, but we needed to send someone who could at least sell the idea to FIFA that the USA will quickly build a proper following. Looks like I will be waking up very early to watch the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 because Russia and Spain will both play host.

Les Bleus feeling Blue

Maybe it was Blanc’s decision to make his national team sing the anthem that threw them off. Or the fact that the France Football Federation is too arrogant to choose a proper squad. Les Bleus managed to lose their first match under new manager Laurent Blanc. This guy used a typical youth team excuse ‘we weren’t effective in front of goal’. You’re the France National Team. OK maybe you don’t have Anelka or Benzema, but when you have the ability to choose a from Govou, Cisse, Ben Arfa, or Bafetimbi Gomis,

Chelsea's next star

scoring should not be an issue. The FFF better hope Gourcuff is the ‘next Zizou’ because they need him badly. Every team could use a Zidane, but France relied on him for over a decade. Like Barca without Xavi, but Zizou was better… so much better. Tell me how you lose 0-1 to Belarus, actually when you have the French midfield, how do you not destroy Belarus?!

Make Zidane your coach, remove those ridiculous bans on your captain, and call up Gael Kakuta.

England should select Arteta

They need to select Arteta. They could also start a decent national academy, wait ten years, and select a young “foreigner” trained in England. I think both would be best.

“Englishness” needs to get over itself. As a German team led by the sublime Mesut Ozil clearly demonstrated, race is separate from nationality. Though Arteta is clearly Spanish in origin; he is English by passport. He has spent the entirety of his adulthood playing football in the British Isles. There is not a slicker player availbile to Fabio Capello. With Jack Wilshere still two to three years from a full starting role in the national team, Arteta stands as the one player available who could put in a killer diagonal ball. For all of Lampard’s enthusiasm or Gerrard’s power, neither offer the finesse of the “Spaniard.” Milner comes close, but is not yet of the same quality. Then again, with his selection of Sean Wright-Phillips over Theo “meep-meep” Walcott, Capello showed that he might not be the genius the English media once (and occasionally still) believe him to be.

England could stick to their guns and let Arteta go another major tournament without stepping onto a pitch.

They could look to win something instead.

Homegrown, What Are You Smoking?

At this point, the best league in the world is up in the air. Style to the Spanish, elegance to the French, balance in the Germans, organization to the Italians, and none more flashy than the Portuguese. What about the English Premier League?… Fitness? Pressure? Because of this new ‘Homegrown’ rule created by the FA, all teams in the ‘Best League in the World’ must have: “….a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown.”

The term ‘homegrown’ means that these players had to have spent 3 years developing in an English or Welsh professional system before they are 21 years of age. FA chief executive Richard Scudamore then stated that “clubs will have to declare their 25 at the end of August when the window shuts and then again at the end of January. It’s not in the club’s interests to stockpile players… It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive…We’re not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can’t buy a team from abroad…We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team.”

All this talk came after The Three Lions completely abysmal run in the World Cup. When the English failed to move past the round of 16, getting run by the young Germans 4-1, excuses began to fly. Sir Alex started to talk about the possibility of a winter break, claiming the season is too long and players burn out much easier than any other professional league. With the ‘toughest league in the world’ you might think the toughest players in the world could handle it. It’s not like it’s their job or anything. The best derby in the game is El Clasico and the Bundesliga needs the final 2 weeks to decide a winner between 4-5 clubs. I am beginning to question why the EPL is the ‘best league’.

Read what Le Professeur, Arsene Wenger had to say about the new rule:  “Instead of asking ‘we have the best league in the world, how can we make it greater?’ they wonder ‘how can we make it smaller?’ The rules they decide are a disaster for this country. Ridiculous. They are all artificial and have nothing to do with top-level sport… it’s paralyzing the market.” Arsene muttering the word ‘ridiculous’ is probably as funny as Pepe Reina’s blunder this morning.

Now, not only could there be less matches per year, but there will be less international competition… All this to help out the English National Team? That’s just silly.


Capello: Beckham Too Old

It wasn’t David Beckham, who came out and said he was retiring from national team duties, but rather the current England Manager, Fabio Capello, did the talking. Fabio Capello does not have enough knowledge of Premiership play, nor any managerial experience in the EPL to be the ‘coach’ of the England National Team. Capello took the highly experienced Three Lions to the Round of 16 and to me, that is hardly an achievement considering the big names he had on the roster. Personally, I thought England should have mustered up some self-pride and played their way into the WC Finals. The two most complete teams were Spain and England, with little flaws, if any.

Just today, Fabio Capello said exactly this: “I say thank you very much for helping me at the World Cup but probably he is a little bit old.”

What respect has Fabio Capello earned to say that one of the best right feet in the world and the most capped English player is no longer of use to that country?! Don’t get me wrong because I wanted the USA to win, but England would have been a whole different team had David Beckham been in their startingXI on June 12th. I hope Fabio was joking or had a previous talk with Becks before saying that, but if I was David Beckham, I would lay into that guy.