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Old 12-02-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Let's see, the country is half the size of New Jersey, has a population less than the metropolitan area of Omaha, and a GDP that is 1/3rd that of California.

They dont have any business hosting the largest event in the world. Their bid should not have even gotten consideration.
I.e. their GDP is quite impressive for a country that size
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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On another thouhgt how is such a country going to feed, house and transport the few hundred thousand tourist, that show up (thats assuming they show up of course).

Going to be a lot of empty train statations and hotel rooms when its all finished.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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I have a friend in Doha. Qatar is filthy rich, investing a couple of billion dollars in infrastructure is no problem for them. It is not a developing country... In my opinion Qatar only wanted to host that event as a marketing opportunity to attract investors away from rival Dubai. They are already building like crazy down there, does this look like a place with a small-town mentality?
http://architects.pmhclients.com/ima...a-skyline2.jpg
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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Way to go FIFA to dispel those corruption allegations
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Going to be a lot of empty train statations and hotel rooms when its all finished.

That is one of my main issues with this whole thing. The infrastructure they build for this event is going to be used for a single month and then it is going to sit and rot. It is wasteful. It doesnt matter that they have the money for it, it is a waste of resources.

If Qatar wanted to those this event, there should have been a joint bid with another country or even two other countries. There are a lot bigger countries than Qatar that have not taken on the World Cup by their self.

I also have concerns about the heat. Yes, they have a plan in place for air conditioning the stadiums. But, what about outside the stadiums and what if the air conditioning system fails at a stadium during the game? People will die. Unless your body is use to 120 degree temps, people cannot take the direct sun at those temperatures. Then, you add alcohol consumption into the mix?

Giving it to Qatar is just a huge risk. A risk that really wasnt worth taking. It didnt have to go to the US but Australia would have been more than suitable to handle it.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Way to go FIFA to dispel those corruption allegations

They dont care. FIFA reports to no one. There is no oversight or transparency to the way they operate and they know it. An investigation needs to be launched by Interpol and make that organization finally report to someone.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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^^ agree.

on the other hand, its a reality lesson in life for the kids.

It doesn't matter if you're better. You just need to have the most money.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Qatar= Stupidity. They better plan to hand out free tickets, beceuase there is no way these stadiums are going to be filled. The population of that country is 1.7 million with zero soccer tradition.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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I have a friend in Doha. Qatar is filthy rich, investing a couple of billion dollars in infrastructure is no problem for them. It is not a developing country... In my opinion Qatar only wanted to host that event as a marketing opportunity to attract investors away from rival Dubai. They are already building like crazy down there, does this look like a place with a small-town mentality?
http://architects.pmhclients.com/ima...a-skyline2.jpg
Yeah and much like Dubai all thoes classy buildings are going to be built by people who are slaves in everything but name?
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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Yeah and much like Dubai all thoes classy buildings are going to be built by people who are slaves in everything but name?
No. A lot of the workers may come from India etc., but they earn a whole lot of money working in Qatar. They are not a part of Qatari society, but they don't need to be as they have their own communities. Nor are they abused or anything like that. Qatar is quite progressive and sophisticated for a Muslim country.
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