Could Qatar Lose the 2022 World Cup?
Reports have emerged this week that Qatar is in danger of losing the 2022 World Cup following comments from a Saudi-Arabian sports minister. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been quick to play down the speculation but a number of countries including England and the USA are preparing themselves to step in.
The claims were made on the social media site Twitter by Turki al-Sheikh who suggested that the Qatari government “…must accept the consequences of their actions…” if the tournament is withdrawn from the Gulf State. He also later added that England would make a “great host”. The quotes surfaced in the German newspaper Bild, who published a full investigation into the awarding of both the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.
The original decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was met with plenty of consternation, especially considering the tournament is scheduled to get underway in November and finish shortly before Christmas.
A final decision is expected at the end of September.
Countdown to the 2018 World Cup
Russia appear to be on track ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which gets underway on June 14th. There are already hundreds of soccer betting markets priced up by Canadian sportsbooks including top goalscorer and stage of elimination for each of the 32 teams. Germany are the current favourites to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy as they aim to become the first team since 1962 to secure back-to-back triumphs in this competition.
The tournament begins at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia. Here, at BettingTop10, we have a dedicated World Cup page, which will keep soccer fans updated throughout the month-long event, providing key team news, group standings and detailing the best free bets and offe