On air: Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 - hopes and fears
This topic was discussed on World Cup Have Your Say on 03 December 2010. Listen to the programme.
The morning after the night before - and we know that the World Cup in 12 years from now will be held in stadiums like this:
As well as excitement that the tournament is going to pastures new, there's also plenty being written about the hurdles both winning bidders must now overcome.
There are some common themes:
* Previous incidents of racism at Russian football matches. Will black players be abused?
* Building the infrastructure necessary to welcome thousands of foreign fans.
* Problems of corruption in Russia.
* The heat (average 42C in June). Even with air-conditioned stadiums, will players be able to play?
* How football fan culture from around the world will interact with Qatari culture - for example, questions like will fans be able to wear bikinis? Will fans be able to drink beer? (But you might ask, are either of these things vital anyway and should fans adapt to the culture hosting them?)
* The size of Qatar: former US star Eric Wynalda claims "Qatar will struggle because the attendance will be twice the population".
Are any of these concerns justified? Or are they just from sore losers around the world? Or perhaps the whole point of the World Cup is for countries to work through hurdles like these.
Should people instead get behind the sentiments of Migliore Joseph on our Facebook page:
FIFA has made the right decision by giving the World Cup to two nations, that have not hosted the World Cup before and who are worthy of preparing for such a monumental event, with all of the fan-fare and excitement that goes along with hosting a World Cup. Congratulations to Russia and Qatar!
World Cup Have Your Say on air at 0930GMT, presented by Alyson Rudd.