The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar was an outstanding tournament that cemented a long-lasting legacy for the country. Hosted in the heart of the Middle East, the world witnessed 32 countries battle for victory in this sporting spectacle that many call the best World Cup of all time.
The tournament kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at Al Bayt Stadium, setting the stage for a competition that will live long in the memories of football fans around the world. But for hosts Qatar, Ecuador’s Enner Valencia’s double spoiled the party in the opening match.
The remainder of the group stages featured football drama of epic proportions. Saudi Arabia’s victory over eventual champions Argentina was the shock result that stood out. Morocco enjoyed its victory by making history as the first African team to top Group F and advance to the semi-finals.
But the high point of the World Cup was the stage where Lionel Messi’s talent was on full display. His goals against France in the final helped Argentina win their first World Cup since 1986 and cemented his legacy as the greatest player of all time.
The tournament’s extraordinary impact went beyond the field. Qatar achieved another first by organizing a practical World Cup in a single city. Middle East Football Expert Ben Jacobs told Football Now that the compact and accessible nature of the venues allows for a lively spirit that demonstrates the region’s love of football.
Commenting on the logistical aspect of the tournament, Jacobs said: “It was effectively a Doha World Cup. From central Doha you could get to almost any stadium within 30 or 35 minutes.” “And there was the opportunity to watch more than one match in one day. Strong stadiums, well-attended matches, a really lively atmosphere.”
Hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has significantly impacted the region’s football infrastructure and created a lasting sporting legacy.
According to AFC Asian Cup CEO Jassim Abdulaziz al Jassim, the success of the World Cup came from directly confronting initial concerns about the Middle East. According to Jassim, doubts and skepticism have only increased the community’s determination to showcase Qatar’s capabilities.
“We had a point to prove for the country. We did very well.” Jassim said proudly.
When we look back, we see that the real hard work for Qatar began after it was announced that it would host the 2022 World Cup. A massive infrastructure investment has enabled the country to host more tournaments. It paved the way for the Middle East to become more interested in international sports.
Qatar has put together a strong team of organizers who have performed to what Al Jassim says are the highest standards in the country. The success of the World Cup opened the doors to international recognition in the region.
Seven World Cup stadiums, battlegrounds for the world’s best teams, will host AFC Asian Cup matches.
“This is the best thing that can come just a year after the World Cup, where we can show the legacy of the World Cup and build on it for the future.”
Standing firmly on the shoulders of the FIFA World Cup, Qatar is reopening the doors of an international football tournament. From January 12 to February 10, 2024, the country expects an influx of football fans from around the world to cheer on their favorite teams as the AFC Asian Cup gets underway.
According to Jassim Al Jassim, the long-standing sports gap between Europe and Asia is finally closing, especially due to a new World Cup to be held in the region in 2034.
“I think if you asked someone years ago, or 15 years ago, do you think Qatar, Morocco or Saudi Arabia would host the World Cup? I don’t think people expected that or believed it. It happens. People dream, sometimes unexpected things happen.” We opened this door for them to find ways to have respite that can be very, very positive and very good,” Al Jassim concluded.
After unforgettable matches on the field in 2022, all eyes were on Qatar with the spectacular final between Argentina and France. Undoubtedly, 2024 will be an excellent year for regional sports.