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.
ONLY mad dogs and English football teams go out in the midday sun – domestic football needs a shake-up if England are to compete at the Qatar World Cup, say researchers.
The 2022 season will have to be cut short, and England will need to travel to Qatar at least a month in advance, if they are to stand any chance of success at the World Cup, according to sports science experts at the University of Bedfordshire.
The results of testing in simulated conditions close to a Qatari summer show that England need to head out to the country as soon as possible, as well as adjust their playing style to a slower game.
Former FA employees and member of England’s Italia ’90 backroom staff, Professor John Brewer, who now heads the department, said: “Physical performance and decision-making will be impaired in hot conditions.
“The research we have done in our environmental chamber has involved simulating the demands of football matches in environments that come close to replicating conditions in Qatar.
“The results are unsurprising; but we’ve also found that players’ bodies could adapt to the extreme conditions if the squad arrives in Qatar early enough.
“In order for this to happen, the FA would need to look at the fixture calendar, in conjunction with the Premier League, to ensure players can finish the domestic season in very good time. England then need to meet up as a team and travel to Qatar at least four weeks in advance to acclimatise to the temperature and play some preparation games.”
He added: “The high-tempo game we see in the Premier League on a regular basis may not be the type of football that can be sustained for 90 minutes or extra-time and penalties in a World Cup.
“If you like to see a style of play that sees the ball being passed around at a lower-tempo, then I think that’s what we’ll see in Qatar.
“England will need to modify their tactics as countries used to playing at a low-tempo in hot conditions will hold an advantage.”
THE world’s leading football clubs are to be offered enormous financial inducements to participate in a 24-team tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states, the Times has reported.
Oil-rich billionaires could offer up to £175m to the world’s biggest clubs just to take part in a summer ‘Dream Football League’.
The tournament – to be held in six cities in the Gulf region every other year, starting in 2015 – would involve 24 elite clubs.
Organisers would hope to attract four English clubs from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to take part.
PREMIER League chairman Sir Dave Richards has apologised after claiming that FIFA and UEFA had “stolen” football from England following an unfortunate day in Qatar which ended with him falling face first into a pool.
Richards, who was taken to hospital in Doha for checks after tripping and falling into a fountain pool, made the remarks at a conference yesterday – comments which the Premier League and Football Association moved quickly to distance themselves from.
Richards apologised for any offence caused by the remarks at the International Sport Security Conference, saying he had intended to be “lighthearted” and that he would be writing to UEFA and FIFA to make that clear.
He had said: “For 50 years, we owned the game, we were the governance of the game. We wrote the rules and designed the pitches.
“Then, 50 years later, some guy came along and said, ‘You’re liars’, and they actually stole it. It was called FIFA. Fifty years later, another gang came along called UEFA and stole a bit more.”
Next time, let’s just send in Mr Bean.
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.”
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…