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Final week earlier than a World Cup like no different

Doha (AFP) – Membership soccer is on hiatus, the celebs fly to Qatar the place the trophy has arrived: Sunday begins the primary World Cup within the Arab world, the primary additionally to arouse a lot criticism, on the surroundings or rights people.

Organized within the fall to keep away from insufferable warmth, the 2022 World Cup will open with an unprecedented Qatar-Ecuador within the Al Bayt stadium, about forty kilometers from the capital.

The host nation, with a weak footballing custom, will know extra about its possibilities of passing the group stage of a contest that defending champions France will begin in opposition to Australia on November 22. After nearly six months of preparation behind closed doorways in Europe, the Qatari choice has simply returned to the nation, the place the picks are arriving in dribs and drabs.

Many nonetheless performed this weekend, like the celebs of Paris-SG, the Brazilian Neymar, the French Kylian Mbappé or the Argentinian Leo Messi, who was cheered on Monday by 1000’s of individuals throughout coaching public of his choice in Abu Dhabi, within the neighboring Emirates of Qatar.

These headliners of world soccer can be there. Then again, the French world champions, already disadvantaged of their midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, must do with out their central defender Presnel Kimpembe, “insufficiently recovered” from an damage.

The most recent lists of picks have been introduced on Monday, reminiscent of that of Iran, which is able to play a historic match in opposition to the USA. The star Zardar Azmoun, who was injured, critic of the repression of the protest motion in his nation, can be on the journey. Any token gestures by the ‘Crew Melli’ gamers who arrived on Monday can be watched intently of their first look, in opposition to England on the twenty first.

Schedule of matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Eléonore HUGHES AFP

Different massive names are retained with out realizing if they may maintain their rank, diminished by accidents, reminiscent of Sadio Mané (Senegal), Son Heung-min (South Korea) or Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

And for his last World Cup, what face will the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo present, who lives a manner of the cross with Manchester United?

Pharaonic investments

An unblemished organizational debut could be a primary victory for the small Gulf fuel emirate, which has needed to face numerous criticism since, to everybody’s shock, Fifa most popular it to the USA in December 2010.

This alternative required extraordinary investments, estimated by some sources at round 200 billion euros.

After accusations of corruption, Qatar confronted assaults on the environmental impression of this occasion. The Western media insisted on the absurdity of air-conditioned stadiums.

However it’s above all the development of stadiums with 40 to 80,000 seats (seven constructed completely, an eighth fully renovated) which is able to weigh, in accordance with NGOs who don’t consider within the acknowledged goal of carbon neutrality.

FIFA World Cup stadiums
FIFA World Cup stadiums Vincent LEFAI AFP

‘Simply Soccer’

Within the residence stretch, probably the most virulent assaults, coming primarily from Western Europe, have targeted on human rights in Qatar.

“Our relationships with these international locations have to be reconsidered after the World Cup. They wish to make us fail after all of the efforts made and all the cash spent”, warned in an interview with the native press the previous minister of the ‘Vitality and Business, Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah.

The destiny of migrant staff, important cogs in a rustic the place Qataris symbolize solely 10% of the three million inhabitants, has been identified, some NGOs placing ahead the determine of 1000’s of deaths on development websites, a report that Doha denies vigorously.

Visitors photograph the logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar in Doha on October 30, 2022.
Guests {photograph} the brand of the FIFA World Cup Qatar in Doha on October 30, 2022. Jewel SAMAD AFP

Qatari authorities and Fifa insist on social progress in report time, with the institution of a minimal wage (about 270 euros per thirty days), sanctions in opposition to employers who don’t pay it, and a dismantling of the sponsorship system which compelled any overseas worker to acquire the authorization of his employer to resign.

On a number of events, Amnesty Worldwide and Human Rights Watch have urged FIFA to pay monetary compensation to the employees who constructed the stadiums.

The therapy of LGBTQ+ individuals is one other concern in a conservative nation the place homosexuality and intercourse exterior marriage are criminalized, despite the fact that authorities have assured that they are going to be welcomed with out discrimination. The captains of eight picks have introduced that they may put on an armband with coloured bands in opposition to discrimination.

Unsure that the initiative pleases the president of Fifa Gianni Infantino, who advised the 32 picks to not “give ethical classes”.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a press conference on October 22, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a press convention on October 22, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand. William WEST AFP

He can be reassured by the Australians, who posted a really vital video on social media on October 27. “What we stated on this video has been stated, what wanted to be heard has been heard, and now fairly frankly, we simply deal with soccer, we do not actually discuss all that anymore”, evacuated instantly on Monday their ahead Mitchell Duke.

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