The last FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 was held in Russia and there has never been a more expansive geographical backdrop for the tournament. In the group stages teams crisscrossed the world’s largest country with the shortest distance travelled to play their three opening matches being Columbia’s 1864 km.
Egypt had the claim to the furthest distance travelled, clocking up a colossal 11,774 km to commute from their training camp in Grozny to Yekaterinburg, Saint Petersburg and Volgograd respectively.
The size, geographical diversity and cultural diversity of Russia made for an exceptional FIFA World Cup™. One that will be long remembered in the minds of those that had the privilege to attend.
Contrast that experience to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ which will be the most compact tournament of the modern era. Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy confirmed that the furthest stadium from the Capital Doha, is just 46 km, while the closest is a mere hop, skip and a jump at 7km from the city centre. This makes for an extremely fan friendly experience and to receive information from Expat Sport about the available match ticket-inclusive Official Hospitality Packages please register here.
The proximity of all the stadiums should also make for a less arduous FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ for the players and teams as well. A fact that two times winner and global superstar Cafu was keen to point out in his FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ ambassadorial role. The ex-Brazil captain said:
“For those that love watching football, whether it’s on TV or in person, Qatar 2022 will be a dream-come-true. Four group stage matches a day, all played at stadiums that are close to each other, means that you can potentially attend two matches in one day. That’s something that hasn’t happened in the modern era of the FIFA World Cup.
For the teams that are participating, they will make the most out of being able to stay in one team base and avoid any long travel between matches. This will undoubtedly give players more time to train, rest and be better prepared for what matters most the football!”
And the organisers are making it as easy as possible for the expected 1 million fans to travel between stadia and their hotels with a huge amount of new transport infrastructure being put in place. New Qatari roads built over the last two years have facilitated access to the stadiums already inaugurated, which are Al Khalifa International, Al Janoub, Education City, and Ahmed Bin Ali. And there is also a subway that will connect the stadia with the capital, which will help to encourage fans to make their dream of attending more than one match per day a reality.
This is a truly unique FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in many ways, including the decision to host it during the Middle East winter to avoid scorching summer conditions. Once again a fact that should add to both the performance of the players and the enjoyment of the fans flocking in from around the globe. With qualifying about to kick into life and with the fervor already at a simmer make sure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to be there in person.
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