Qatar opens its controversial world cup

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    Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni (center) leads a training session at Qatar University in Doha.

After twelve years of controversies and accusations, Qatar is finalizing its preparations so that as of next Sunday only football will be discussed, in a tournament in which Lionel Messi will seek to win. I will win the title that culminates an extraordinary career… with the permission of Neymar, Mbappé, Ronaldo and the rest of the stars who will shine for a month in the great football event.

The first World Cup to be held in the Arab world, the first also to be held in the Arab world. in the boreal winter, it will begin to grow. will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium, with a capacity for 60,000 spectators, with the duel that will face to the host team against Ecuador, corresponding to group A.

When at 16:00 GMT I get the ball rolling, the game will begin. It will be a month that both the Qatari organizers and FIFA hope will go down in history for what happens on the pitch and not for extra-sporting reasons, after more than a decade of preparations marked by accusations of corruption and complaints about the precarious situation of immigrant workers and the breach of Human Rights in this small Gulf emirate. 

World Cup atmosphere in Doha
Both the participating teams and the fans from all over the world gradually arrive in Doha, in whose usually quiet streets, the World Cup atmosphere begins to live, especially in the Corniche and Souq Waqif area, the main souk in the city. Qatari capital and meeting point for fans.

Among the teams that have already arrived is Argentina, whose captain Lionel Messi, at 35, seeks definitive consecration as one of the greatest in history with a title that has resisted the Albiceleste since 1986.

In his fifth World Cup appearance, the current Paris SG player finally seems to be surrounded by a team that will help him get to the top, as was shown in the previous article. This was demonstrated a little less than a year and a half ago with the Copa América, the first tournament that Messi won with his country.

The team built by Lionel Scaloni around its captain arrives with a streak of 36 games without losing and as one of the main favorites to succeed France on the world soccer throne.

The main ones Threats for Messi come with “friendly fire”: Neymar's Brazil and Mbappé's France, his two teammates at Paris SG.

"The World Cup is my biggest dream," Neymar in an interview this week with the British newspaper Daily Telegraph. After the two disappointments in 2014 and 2018, “I have another opportunity and I hope to take advantage of it.” At 30, the Brazilian star may not have any more chances to give his country a sixth World Cup.

Argentina and Brazil against Europe
By names, especially in attack, France should compete with the two South American giants, but the doubts about the health of Karim Benzema, the last Ballon d'Or, and the losses in defense (Presnel Kimpembe) and especially in the midfield (Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté) predict difficulties for Didier Deschamps' team.

England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal will try, Together with the "Bleus", to maintain the supremacy of Europe in the World Cup, which has not conquered South America since 2002. 

But the adventures of the soccer players on the pitch this time may be overshadowed by the media and diplomatic battle between the host country and the West.

In recent days, the Qatari authorities went on the offensive in the face of criticism coming mainly from Europe, which for the emirate's press is part of a “conspiracy.”

“Conspiracy” ;n" and "racism"
“They don't want to allow a small country, an Arab country, a Muslim country, to organize the World Cup,” declared the president. The Minister of Labor Ali bin Samikh Al-Marri told AFP at the beginning of the month, who even assured that he was not working. He said the criticism is “racist” motivated.

Some countries “cannot accept that an Arab and Muslim country” host the big  planetary soccer party, it came to the world. The Emir Tamim ben Hamad Al-Thani launched at the last Davos Economic Forum.

After 12 years of preparations and more than 200,000 million dollars Although worn out, according to some sources, Qatar, which despite its conservatism has also defended the social advances made in recent years, will have a lot of money. The opportunity from Sunday to show the world your 'new' face.

"Qatar has promised us to host an extraordinary World Cup," jubilant FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday in Doha.

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