How FIFA World Cup gave a healing touch to the Persian Gulf Region

The first-ever football World Cup in the Arabian country of Qatar in the Persian Gulf.

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been a great unifier for the world! It is impossible to imagine that a large part of this middle-eastern region had boycotted Qatar for a long period of time and only lifted sanctions recently.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup was an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of FIFA’s member associations and the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup. It took place in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022, making it the first World Cup held in the Arab world and Muslim world, and the second held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. France was the defending champions, having defeated Croatia 4–2 in the 2018 final.

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This tournament was the last with 32 participating teams, with the number of teams being increased to 48 for the 2026 edition. The event was held during November and December to avoid the extremes of Qatar’s hot climate. It was held over a reduced time frame of 29 days with 64 matches played in eight venues across five cities. The Qatar national football team entered the event—their first World Cup—automatically as the host’s national team, alongside 31 teams determined by the qualification process.

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Argentina was crowned the champions after winning the final against the title holder France 4–2 on penalties following a 3–3 draw after extra time. It was Argentina’s third title and their first since 1986, as well as being the first nation from South America to win the tournament since 2002. French player Kylian Mbappé became the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final since Geoff Hurst in 1966 final and won the Golden Boot as he scored the most goals (eight) during the tournament. Argentine captain Lionel Messi was voted the tournament’s best player, winning the Golden Ball. Teammates Emiliano Martínez and Enzo Fernández won the Golden Glove, awarded to the tournament’s best goalkeeper, and the Young Player Award, awarded to the tournament’s best young player, respectively. The tournament, with 172 goals, set a new record for the highest number of goals scored with the 32-team format.

The choice to host the World Cup in Qatar attracted significant criticism, with concerns raised over the country’s treatment of migrant workers, women and members of the LGBT community, as well as Qatar’s climate, lack of strong football culture, scheduling changes, and allegations of bribery for hosting rights and wider FIFA corruption.

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