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FIFA Planning to Host World Cup 2022 in November to December in Qatar, Says Report

sepp blatter FIFA Planning to Host World Cup 2022 in November to December in Qatar, Says Report

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played in November to December of 2022 instead of January, according to a report today in German magazine Kicker.

A source revealed to the magazine that the World Cup tournament would begin in mid-November, while the 2022 World Cup Final would be played on December 18.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup moved from the summer to winter due to concerns about summertime temperatures in Qatar. However, the Premier League has blasted Blatter’s proposal for the World Cup to be moved to the winter.

Last week, Blatter said that FIFA would discuss the possibility of moving the World Cup from the summer to the winter at the scheduled FIFA Executive Committee meeting that will occur this October.

While the leak in Kicker magazine is revealing, no final decision has been made and there are still many hurdles that FIFA has to overcome before they can confirm a new date.

Meanwhile, here’s the official trailer from Qatar to promote their 2022 World Cup:


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