Paper suggests playing Qatar 2022 World Cup at night

WITH suggestions that a winter World Cup may be needed to allow winning bidder Qatar to host the 2022 footballing showpiece, an inspired suggestion has been put forward by the Mirror – play the tournament at night.
In his article here, journalist Ed Malyon proposes a nighttime tournament, which would allow the tournament to go ahead in cooler temperatures, still in summer and at a time to suit audiences in Europe and America to boot.
He says: “An idea which, rather surprisingly hasn’t really surfaced as an alternative despite making all the sense in the world – or at least as much sense as a World Cup in Qatar can.
“Play it at night.
“Breathtakingly simple, but also sane.
“Average temperatures at midnight are nearly half that of the daily high during the summer, the time difference would make it perfectly acceptable for viewing audiences in Europe and the Americas and, best of all, there is no need for widescale disruption to the majority of the world’s domestic leagues.”
He does add however though that “with this being FIFA though, the very presence of common sense is likely to rule any idea out of the running”.
Inspired. no? Made me think.


Allardyce targets Qatar

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FORMER Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce would like to try his hand at international football – lining up a move to manage World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar.
According to reports this morning Allardyce – who claimed he would win titles and trophies every year if handed a top team to manage – now wants to move to the Middle East minnows after losing his Premier League status.
He said: “The Emirates lifestyle is fabulous.
“It would be great to manage in another country.”

Winter World Cup on the cards?

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A WINTER World Cup could be on the cards in 2022 to avoid the scorching heat of Qatar’s summer.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that rescheduling the traditionally summertime tournament is a real possibility, an idea also proposed by UEFA’s Michel Platini.
He said: “I definitely support playing in winter when the climate is appropriate.
“I’m thinking about the footballers, not only the fans but the actors.”
Not sure quite how clubs in the European football leagues such as the Premiership would react to having an international tournament plonked in the middle of their season though…