2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar inaugurates new stadium

Image result for 2022 FIFA World Cup: Qatar inaugurates new stadiumQatar has inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state’s borders to accommodate a larger format.

Fans packed into the Al Janoub stadium, a 40,000 seat venue designed by late architect Zaha Hadid and made like a traditional wooden sailboat, to cheer on Qatari teams playing in the final of the Emir Cup

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a political and trade boycott on Qatar since mid-2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism, which Doha denies.

That rift has strained efforts by FIFA President, Gianni Infantino to push for a suitable Word Cup co-host even as qualifying matches begin early next month.

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